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FY 2014 Appropriations: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program
Federal Policy Brief | July 10, 2013
Through SSVF, VA provides competitive grants to nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives to serve at-risk and homeless low-income veteran families – defined as those households where the head of household or his/her spouse is a United States veteran. For the purposes of this program, a single, unaccompanied veteran can be defined as a veteran family and is eligible to receive SSVF assistance.
SSVF is a homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing program. It complements VA’s current tools to serve homeless veterans, including the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) transitional housing model and permanent supportive housing through the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. SSVF is crucial in serving those veteran families who may only need minor, one-time assistance to prevent or end their homelessness.
SSVF is intended to be a short-term intervention that will help veteran families keep, or rapidly transition to, permanent housing. Grantees provide low-income families with case management services and direct supportive services, including rental assistance, utilities assistance, child care costs, moving costs, transportation expenses, emergency supplies, and security deposits. The program targets families who are in transitional housing, are scheduled to be homeless through eviction, or are currently homeless. Grantees assess families’ possible housing status should they receive no assistance. Eligible veterans are identified through outreach and referrals.