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 sixth 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 298 veterans and their families (172 total households).


To learn more about what we do, click here to download our Supportive Services For Veteran Families brochure. 


In Order to Qualify for SSVF: 


  • Condition 1 Veteran Status:  Applicants must either be a Veteran or a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a Veteran.  A Veteran is defined as a "person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, regardless of length of service, and who was discharged or released therefrom, excluding any one who received a dishonorable discharge or was discharged or dismissed by reason of a General court-martial (PL 114-315; 38 USC 2002 (b))."

  •  Condition 3 Imminently At-Risk of Literal Homelessness:  Applicant households must (1) be facing the imminent loss of their primary nighttime residence, (2) have no other residence, and (3) not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from becoming literally homeless.  



 Rhonda Bates, Director of SSVF

       610-374-4696 ext. 293

          Berks County Office: 610-504-8032 or 610-858-4749

          430 N 2nd Street

          Reading, PA 19601 


         Schuylkill County Office: 570-604-6948

          315 N Centre St Suite 302 

         Pottsville PA 17901


          Lancaster County Office (Tabor Community Services): 717-397-0156   

         Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership 

         308 East King Street

         Lancaster 17602


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


Connect With Us

Opportunity House

430 North 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19601

Phone: (610) 374.4696
Fax: (610) 374.3165