VA awards grants to help homeless and at-risk Veterans and families


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Today, VA announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families.

The grants were awarded under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

“With these important grants, we are able to leverage the expertise of local experts to help our most economically vulnerable Veterans avoid or exit homelessness,” said VA secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This is another VA program that moves at-risk Veterans toward housing and independence.”

SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless, was awarded to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SSVF served more than 148,800 participants, including approximately 95,300 Veterans and 31,950 children in fiscal year 2016. As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down significantly since 2010.

In addition, approximately 360,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly re-housed or prevented from falling into homelessness as a result of VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Today’s recipients competed successfully for grants under a Dec. 7, 2016, Notice of Fund Availability. The funding will support SSVF services in fiscal 2018.

Information about the SSVF program, including the complete list of grantees, may be found at https://www.va.gov/homeless/SSVF/.

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Comments

  1. Timothy    

    If you are actually a veteran of the US Military good luck in actually getting any of that help.

    1. veteran    

      In the large state of california, every day a new 501c scam charity opens scamming money. The veteran homeless population increases. There are only two veteran housing units in the whole state. Veterans who are homeless are labeled as drug and alcoholic addicts. Excuse me! This a sick excuse so that the rich greedy, can justify why no one can pay for rent. Its criminal if even on veteran is on the street!. boxing them into little boxes is disgusting. Meanwhile you give the money to these scammers?

  2. Larry g. Rowe    

    I’m a Vet, 72 y/o and I moved to Panama to marry my girlfriend. I have been here almost 8 years and now I can’t afford to move back to the USA. I’m from Okmulgee, Ok. I would love to move back but I live month to month on Social Security only and if I go back a flight will cost at least $500 and I will not have the funds to rent a place to live. Can you help me so as not to be homeless in Oklahoma in the winter? Thank you,

  3. Raymond Barberio    

    My name is Raymond barberio’s homeless my house burned down it’ll be 2 years this January and my dog and I have been sleeping on the property I own the property but I don’t have any money to put a house back here again so that’s my situation , turn 64 in August and is not as easy living like this 10 years ago maybe but that’s my situation thank you much

  4. Raymond Barberio    

    I hope I can get a help but I’ve never been lucky in life a lawyer work for everything I had and I appreciate it if I work hard for it so if I get help that’s wonderful and a make lot easier on me and my injuries to do things I just hope I get help and pray that’s all I can say thank you

  5. Raymond Barberio    

    In my last message I’m speaking into this phone and it just sometimes doesn’t come out right what I was saying is that when you’re able to work for things you appreciate them more I’ve never had any good luck and you know but even though I don’t have a house to live in my dog and i are happy I mean we’re better off than a lot of people, some don’t even have property to sleep on they have to sleep in parks and horrible places where the drug infested areas and we don’t have them issues I had a couple nights people were prowling up here they ran off and never came back again.i called law enforcement, hopefully they don’t came back and if I’m get lucky I get lucky I can pray that’s about all I can do and that’s it I don’t even know what to say I’m lost for words thank you so much .It make me feel better that there are people out there that are thinking of homeless veterans, just knowing you care i don’t feel alone or afraid. Thanks for remembering all veterans. Thank you.

  6. Shelley Eilers    

    Is this for real or is it just a fancy way of advising of the HUD vash program. I am currently homeless and low income. I don’t use HUD vash because I want animals not neighbors. My credit is good, income is low and can’t seem to find a bank to finance me, or the VA says no fixer uppers. Which doesn’t leave many avenue s to not be homeless. To be self sufficient.

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