Supportive Services for Veteran Families

SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) is a program that can provide supportive services to very low income Veterans and their families who are homeless or who are in danger of losing their homes. We can provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:

  • Health care services
  • Daily living services
  • Housing search and assistance
  • Housing counseling
  • Child care services
  • Legal services
  • Representative payee services
  • Transportation
  • Personal financial planning

We can also provide time-limited payments to third parties, like landlords, utility companies, moving and storage companies, and licensed child care providers if those payments can help Veteran families stay in or obtain permanent, sustainable housing.

Eligible participants are those who have served at least one day of active military duty, with very low income, that are in danger of losing their homes, or who have already become homeless.

All members of a Veteran’s household are eligible for services. A Veteran family consists of the household members of the Veteran. They do not have to be relatives, or married. A Veteran household can be a single person household- just the Veteran. A Veteran household can be a homeless person, who will have children or a partner/spouse living with them when they become housed.

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Helpful to have at the first meeting: DD214, income statements (paystubs, benefit letter, etc.), verification of housing status (eviction notice, rent demand letter, etc. if you are in danger of losing your housing), VA Benefit card, if you have one.

SSVF operates under the “Housing First” philosophy, meaning that the focus is on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible, with no concurrent requirement for any program or service involvement like rehab, or even employment. The intent is to address the immediate need: housing, and then provide such other services that may be wanted or needed.

The SSVF program is funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and administered by Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, with services provided by Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army.

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