Supportive Services for Veteran Families
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 40% of homeless people are veterans. Supportive Services for Veteran Families is a grant program issued through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It assists qualifying veterans and their families who are homeless or are imminently at risk of becoming homeless in order to help them obtain and/or maintain permanent housing by providing case management services and temporary financial assistance. We are currently in our fourth year of administering this program. Services are available in Berks, Schuylkill and Lancaster Counties. In Lancaster, we partner with Tabor Community Services, a nonprofit similar to our own. In the first two years of receiving this grant, we helped approximately 400 veteran families. Last year alone, we helped 385 veterans and their families (209 total households).
In Order to Qualify for SSVF:
- There must be a veteran head of household who has served at least one day of ACTIVE duty in the military. Most discharge categories are acceptable, however regulation does not allow assistance to anyone who has a “Dishonorable” discharge from service.
- The veteran and family must literally be homeless or able to demonstrate imminent risk of becoming homeless. Veteran families include individual veterans, a veteran with a spouse or partner, or any other family composition of people living in the veteran's household.
- The household income must be considered "low," which is 50% AMI or below.
Rachel Arndt, Director of SSVF
610-374-4696 ext. 293
Berks County Office: 610-504-8032 or 610-858-4749
Schuylkill County Office: 570-604-6948
Lancaster County Office (Tabor Community Services): 717-397-0156
Locate our Supportive Services for Veteran Families Offices
For more information on homeless veterans and the SSVF program visit:
U.S.Department of Veteran Affairs