Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Funded primarily through the Department of Veteran Affairs, in an effort to end and prevent homelessness among local veterans, the goal of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Collaborative is to provide eligible, low-income, homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness veteran families and individuals with permanent stable housing. This goal is achieved by each participant working with their Case Manager to develop an individualized action plan utilizing resources, services and temporary financial support designed to produce immediate impact. SSVF is a collaborative project operated in partnership with Families in Transition of Santa Cruz County, Inc., Homeless Services Center, and Pajaro Valley Shelter Services.
Here is one Veteran’s story
Steve was struggling to find housing for his family after he was discharged from the Army. He was referred to SSVF and developed a concrete action plan with his Case Manager that addressed his barriers to stable housing. Based on this plan Steve received support from his Case Manager accessing his VA and mainstream benefits. They also worked together on budgeting and housing search. When housing was found, SSVF provided move-in costs. Additionally, Steve received assistance with car repair and initial child care costs so he could obtain employment. Steve now works full-time and lives in stable, permanent housing with his wife and children.
Veterans that are interested in getting services through the SSVF/Home Base Santa Cruz can call the main phone number (831) 462-3229 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This program is provided primarily through funding by the
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
*Disclaimer: This article was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.