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 as part of veteran services, 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 2 Very Low-Income Status: Applicant household gross annual income must be less than 50% of area median income based on the income limits most recently published at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html
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.