Encouraging Partnerships to Quickly Stabilize Housing for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is piloting a new “rapid resolution” program through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. More than 100 local rapid re-housing practitioners, federal authorities, and technical assistance (TA) providers gathered to launch the program last month, at a gathering coordinated by the Technical Assistance Collaborative in its role as lead TA provider for SSVF.
TAC brought together over 100 local rapid re-housing practitioners, 20 federal authorities, and several technical assistance providers to launch the program. The program was created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).
The goal for the SSVF Rapid Resolution Pilot is to gather information on the effectiveness of practices such as:
- rapid exit,
- financial assistance, and
- creative housing that are currently offered to veterans.
All of these practices quickly stabilize the housing situations for veterans. Participating SSVF grantees will be given greater flexibility using SSVF funds and enable partnerships with local partners.
The Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) will gather quantitative data from the pilot program and other sources to analyze the process and outcomes of rapid resolution.
The SSVF Program Office will document the procedures, structure, staffing, and training developed for the pilot in each community. The program will be operating in eleven communities through September 30th.
TAC has been operating for over 20 years, addressing federal, state, county, and city efforts to combat veteran homelessness. Their approaches include direct field experience and consulting on a wide range of veteran-related crises and housing initiatives.
TAC’s technical assistance includes:
- Design, financing, and administration of supportive housing and rapid re-housing
- Best practices strategies and resources such as Supportive Services for Veteran Families and HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
- Aligning local, state, and federal policies to best serve veteran
- Strengthening existing programs through partnerships and community collaboration
- Resource and demand analysis, system evaluation, and monitoring
If you are passionate about providing affordable housing and ending homelessness for veterans in New Jersey, you should attend the July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
We know that by joining together and amplifying our voices, we can have an impact on the decisions that are made in Washington DC. Join Monarch Housing Associates and our 35 partners from New Jersey to make the case that homelessness is solvable a problem. The federal government must be a full partner in ensuring an adequate breadth of services are available to prevent children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and all of our neighbors in NJ from experiencing the homelessness.
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