Five Groups Receive Funding to House Low-Income Veteran Families
On August 30, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $300 million in renewal grants for services that assist thousands of low-income veteran families who are permanently housed or in transition to permanent housing under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
New Jersey five programs will receive almost $9 million of this funding.
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden received almost $1.3 million to continue serving low-income families in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
- Catholic Family and Community Services received almost $1.8 million to continue serving low-income families in Hudson, Essex, Bergen, Union, Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties.
- North Hudson Community Action Corporation received almost $700,000 to continue serving low-income families in Hudson and Bergen counties.
- Community Hope received over $3 million to continue serving low-income families in Essex, Passaic, Monmouth, Mercer, Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.
- Veterans Multi-Service Center, Inc. received over $ 2 million to continue serving low-income families in Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties. The funding also covers Delaware and Pennsylvania.
SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless, has been awarded to 275 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These grants, key elements of VA’s implementation of the Housing First Strategy, enable vulnerable Veterans to secure or remain in permanent housing.
Click here for a list of SSVF grantees.
“Since 2010, the Housing First Strategy has helped cut Veteran Homelessness nearly in half,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Housing First is why 360,000 Veterans and family members have been housed, rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness over the last five years. SSVF helps homeless Veterans quickly find stable housing and access the supportive services they – and their families – need.”
Grantees will continue to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include health care, income support services, financial planning, child care, legal services, transportation, housing counseling, among other services.
Grantees are expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of very low-income Veteran families who are occupying permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources.
In fiscal year (FY) 2015, nationally, SSVF served more than 157,000 participants and is on track to exceed that number in FY 2016. Since 2010, more than 360,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly re-housed, or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.