Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program assists very low-income Veteran families, who are housed or homeless. SSVF funding supports outreach, case management, and other flexible assistance to prevent Veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house homeless Veterans. The grant can provide assistance with such things as getting into a rental, child care assistance, utility assistance, and other types of support services Veterans need to gain housing and stay housed.
SSVF follows the housing first approach, which centers on permanently housing homeless Veterans quickly without preconditions and providing supportive services as needed. Once housed, the Veteran can then focus on things like finding employment, applying for disability, and other areas needed to get back on track.
SSVF grantees typically serve Veterans with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. In addition for eligibility, the Veteran must have served on active duty in the military and received a discharge other than dishonorable.
This program has assisted over 25 homeless Veterans since July 2015. One Veteran has mentioned several times how the SSVF program has saved his life. By moving out of homelessness, he was able to focus on correcting his drinking problem and was then able to submit his student application to Klamath Community College. Another homeless Veteran is also now housed and has since began his own business doing lawn and yard care.
Veterans or those knowing a Veteran who may be in need should contact Russ at Klamath & Lake Community Action Services and inquire about the SSVF program.