Two Groups to Prevent Veterans’ Homelessness

Community Hope and
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden
SSVF Grants to serve 540 homeless veterans

Supportive Services for Veteran FamiliesAs we reported last week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $1 million to Community Hope, Inc. and $744,740 to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden (CCDOC), Inc to assist veterans at risk of losing their housing and to help rapidly re-house veterans without safe shelter through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Community Hope and CCDOC were among only 85 awardees nationwide to receive funding under the new national program aimed at helping veterans prevent and overcome homelessness.

Community Hope and its partners, UMDNJ/University Behavioral Healthcare, Catholic Social Services of Morris County and Catholic Family Community Services will assist about 140 veteran families. The supportive services to be provided a full range of financial assistance and supportive services designed to promote housing stability.

CCDOC’s program – Ready, Vet, Go! – will serve the six most southern counties of New Jersey will provide at least 400 Veterans and their families with intensive case management services, focused on promoting housing stability among homeless Veterans and their families, and Veterans and their families that are at-risk of being homeless as well as time-limited temporary financial assistance (rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs), while they are waiting for their VA benefits connecting these veterans and their families to their approved and available VA benefits

For both programs financial assistance can include help with back rent, mortgage or utility payments for families struggling to remain in their homes.

In addition, for veterans and their families who have lost their housing, SSVF will provide financial aid with rental and utility security deposits and initial rental payments.

Supportive services can range from assistance with transportation; child care; linkage to medical care, behavioral healthcare and recovery services for veterans experiencing PTSD and other effects of combat; and other services to help the veterans and their family re-establish financial stability and self-sufficiency.