HHSI’s Supportive Services for Veteran and their Families (SSVF) housing assistance program has expanded. We now serve Veterans in nine counties including Henry, Lee, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside counties in Illinois and Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott counties in Iowa.
SSVF assists veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless or who already homeless. SSVF provides financial assistance and supportive services to assist veterans obtain stable housing as they work towards longer-term, permanent housing.
From October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, veterans that participated in the SSVF program successfully established or maintained stable housing. The success rate was over 80%, 115 of the 143 veterans who participated.
A participant reflects: “Without this program my family and I would still be bouncing from our car, to our friend’s living rooms and couches, with no place to call our own.”
“With housing, I am now able to take care of my family and look for work and my kids now have a school they love and friends they can play with.”
SSVF is fully funded through the Veterans Administration. It’s important that we keep a close eye on continued funding for this program.