July 5 at 11:59pm

Grant Opportunity Will Help Prevent Veterans Homelessness

Interfaith Community Services has applied for a new $1 million grant opportunity being offered through the Veterans Administration called “Supportive Services For Veteran Familes” (SSVF).

With a massive influx of Veterans returning from wars in the middle east, and an increasing threat of financial instability amid the lingering economic downturn, this grant is designed to stabilize struggling Veterans and their families before they become homeless.

The VA website explains [link]:

“Through the SSVF Program, VA aims to improve very low-income Veteran families’ housing stability. Grantees (private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives) will provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits.”

The services that will be offered by grantees include daily living support, financial planning assistance, transportation services, child-care assistance, housing assistance, and even legal assistance and health care.

Interfaith plans to bring its 30-year track record of success to help the lives of struggling veterans as they return from active duty. Last year Interfaith’s Veterans Services department achieved a remarkable 90% success rate in placing unemployed veterans in jobs or job-training programs through its existing programs.

If awarded the grant, Interfaith plans to administer the SSVF services in the most efficient and effective way possible: directly where the Veterans families live.

Interfaith’s grant application details a plan to deploy mobile “client advocates” into the community to work with Veterans and their families right where they live in their own homes and neighborhoods.

“Thousands of veterans are just beginning to return from Iraq and Afghanistan”, said Colonel Bernard “Kimo” Gabriel, Interfaith’s new Director of Veterans Services. “We have an incredible opportunity to make sure they get the help they deserve transitioning into civilian lives that are full of the opportunity and stability they put their lives on the line to protect.”