What is the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program?
The VA, in recognition of the problem of veteran homelessness, created a program called Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF). Veterans Path to Hope was awarded a VA grant to administer this program in Kenosha county in WI and Lake, McHenry, Boone, and Winnebago counties in northern IL.
The SSVF program provides supportive services to very low-income veteran households. It is designed to be a housing first program to assist literally homeless veterans to get into permanent housing. This is called rapid re-housing. The program also assists in preventing homelessness for those at-risk of becoming homeless.
Who is eligible for the SSVF Program at Veterans Path to Hope?*
A member of the family must be a veteran.
The veteran must demonstrate having a very low household income and no sizable assets. Income is calculated from all adult members in the household and is calculated before deductions.
There must be an emergent need for assistance, via documentation of:
· Living in a shelter, on the street, in a car, or place not meant for human habitation.
· Possible jeopardy of losing one’s housing.
*Eligibility criteria at any point can change.
Please call us at (815) 679-6667 or SSVF@vphope.org
for an up-to-date screening for assistance.
Veterans Path to Hope will provide outreach and case management services.
Examples include but are not limited to:
· Employment Services
· Personal Financial Planning Services
· Fiduciary and Representative Payee Services
· Legal Services
· Applying for VA benefits and other public benefits/services
Financial assistance could include the following:
· Emergency Financial Assistance
· Rental Assistance
· Security Deposits/Utility Deposits
· Utilities – Fee Payment Assistance
· Cost of Car Repairs
· Moving Costs
· Child Care