Community Hope has been awarded a $5 million grant to expand our successful Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program and help as many as 910 veteran families avert homelessness in the year ahead. The grant expands our SSVF Program into eleven of New Jersey’s 21 counties and eastern Pennsylvania.
SSVF is a homeless prevention program that assists low-income veteran families in maintaining their housing and rapidly re-housing homeless veterans and their families. Since establishing one of the first SSVF programs in the nation twenty months ago, Community Hope has helped more than 230 veteran households remain in their homes or, when facing eviction and homelessness, has rapidly re-housed them and helped stabilize the family.
Expanding into the following areas beginning in October 2013:
- Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties, New Jersey.
- Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.
- Bucks, Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties in PA.
Veteran families receive case management to assist them in developing a housing stability plan which may include support services, financial assistance and facilitating access to affordable housing, support services and benefits.
- Social Service Assistance Offered: All veterans participating in the SSVF program are engaged in a sustainable housing planning. Case management services may include: Housing counseling/housing search, securing utilities, mediation with property owners, financial budgeting, employment assistance and linkage between participant and available services/benefits.
- Financial Assistance Services Offered: Temporary financial assistance may be available to eligible veterans who would be homeless but for SSVF financial assistance. These may include: rental assistance, utility payments, security payments, moving costs, child care and transportation expenses.
Low-income veteran families who meet any of the three following categories:
- Currently residing in permanent housing, and at risk of becoming homeless.
- Currently homeless or recently exited permanent housing and scheduled/able to become a resident of permanent housing within 90 days (For example, living in a shelter, on the street or in temporary housing with an apartment identified).
- Exited permanent housing in the previous 90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to their needs.