VA announces upcoming awards of nearly $326 million in grants to help at-risk Veterans and family members


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VA announced that thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation will continue to receive benefits under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

These Veterans, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the funding of approximately $326 million in grants.

SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance rapidly to re-house Veterans who are homeless — or at risk of becoming homeless — will be awarded to 252 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A list of applicants that will be awarded grants is located at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.

“At VA, we’re dedicated to fulfilling President Lincoln’s promise of taking care of Veterans and their families, and the SSVF program has proven extremely effective in doing just that. It provides low-income Veterans and their families with the services and support they need to secure and maintain stable housing,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Our hope is to see many more Veterans avoid or exit homelessness because of these important grants.”

Grantees will continue to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits. These may include:

  • Health care
  • Fiduciary payee
  • Financial planning
  • Child care
  • Legal support
  • Transportation
  • Housing counseling, and
  • Other services.

SSVF grantees are expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of low-income Veteran families that are occupying permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources.

In fiscal year (FY) 2017, SSVF served more than 129,450 participants, including approximately 83,900 Veterans and 27,535 children. Because of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.

The applicants to which grants will be awarded competed under a Nov. 6, 2017, Notice of Fund Availability. Applications were due Jan. 12, 2018. The funding will support SSVF services in FY 2019, which starts Oct. 1, 2018, and ends Sept. 30, 2019.

The SSVF program is authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2044. VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR Part 62. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp to learn more about the SSVF program.

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Comments

  1. Patrice Belonga    

    Please consider me for government funding grant. I am a female veteran living on Veterans Pension and subsidized housing under bash voucher section 8. I could really use so help with transportation and personal needs. With Sincere Thanks to you Patrice A. Belonga (Personal information redacted) Houston, Texas

  2. Sandra M Merrrick    

    Need help finding funding support Theraputic Animal Farm I’m disabled female Veteran with VA loan never helped make home home insulated from cold VA loan out Montana cut corners corners didn’t include loans for improvements for living, Ive struggling with recent Cancer diagnosis other issues to survive hasn’t been easy I need legal help and funding grants for survival in poorest county in NY please can you help?

  3. Weldon S.Williams Jr.    

    I am a veteran that has been diagnosed with PTSD Service connected but I’m having such a hard time getting my Benefits started. I suffer with depression which also makes it hard for me to get things done. Could someone please help me with getting dental care as well I believe this is also affecting my health.

  4. Juan Pizarro    

    Hi Iam a iraq vet my house in orlando suffer damage during irma huracane the insurance didnt cover i try make a sba loan and is was denie twice I just living on my pension and paying the.I been looking to see other mean to get loan to fix my house but been dificult I need help putting chengols wish the most important can u help or show a way so i get the money to do it thank u my house is at 3176 curry wood cil orlando fl.

  5. Charles Milliren    

    I’m the Mayor of our small WI community. We have an old 3 story high school which has been saved to be restored someday. The old gymnasium attached to it is still be used to this day as a community center by a non profit organization. I would love to see this school building remodeled for homeless vets. It would take a lot of $$$ and was wondering if the VA could fund the majority of it. Would love to have someone from the VA housing authority come and see what the possibilities are.

  6. Christopher A Angulo    

    I was assisted by PAV (Project Assistance for Veterans) When applying for the assistance my step daughter,wife, and myself were living in our vehicle. My wife was an still is working, but I was not, the reason we ended up in position we were in. When approved through the PAV for housing benefits, I was told by case manager that it wouldn’t be required for me to find a job until we found permanent housing. We spent a few months trying to find a place who would except the program and passing backgrounds and credit chk. We finally found a place that excepted all situations list, so upon moving in I began trying to find employment

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