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VA Awards Local Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Veteran Families

August 30, 2016

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Robert McLean, VAMC PAO
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 VA Awards Local Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Veteran Families

 More than $1 million in Flexible Grants Will Help Lower Rates of Veteran Homelessness in Central and Northern NY

  Syracuse NY– The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded approximately $300 million more in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing. The SSVF grant program provides access to crucial services to prevent homelessness for Veterans and their families.

 SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless, went to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Locally, two organizations providing services in Central and Northern NY received grants totaling $1,051,933.   

 Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse received $606.887 to provide services in Onondaga County, and, the Utica Center for Development, Inc. was awarded $445,046 to assist Veteran families in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Otsego counties.                                             

“SSVF is a key tool to promote housing stability among our most economically vulnerable Veterans and their families,” said Lauren Love-Dubeau, Syracuse VA Behavioral Health Careline Manager. “This program empowers our community-based partners to provide the mix of services needed to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly rehouse those who become homeless.”         

Grantees will continue to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include health care, income support services, financial planning, child care, legal services, transportation, housing counseling, among other services.   

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

          In fiscal year (FY) 2015, SSVF served more than 157,000 participants and is on track to exceed that number in FY 2016.  As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down 47 percent since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.  Also since 2010, more than 360,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly re-housed, or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

 Today’s grant recipients successfully competed for grants under a January 15, 2016, Notice of Fund Availability.  Applications were due February 5, 2016.  The funding will support SSVF services in FY 2017, which starts October 1, 2016, and ends September 30, 2017. 

          For more information about the SSVF program, visit  www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp .