3.6 Ending Homelessness for Veterans and Their Families

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3.6 Ending Homelessness for Veterans and Their Families

Speaker: Suzanne Wagner

In order to reach the federal goal of ending veterans homelessness by 2015, new grants such as Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) have recently been released. This workshop will look at how these and other programs will be implemented to prevent homelessness and help homeless veterans and their families reconnect to housing in their communities.

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  • 1. Suzanne WagnerHousing Innovations
  • 2.  VA Plan to End Homelessness by 2015 New Program Models Serving Families 2
  • 3.  Project H.O.M.E., The Philadelphia Multi- Service & Education Center, and Impact Services Corporation Financial Assistance and Housing Stabilization Services are available to assist Veteran families who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless PASSVF provides prevention and rapid re- housing 3
  • 4.  Provide rental assistance, security/utility assistance, moving costs, case management, housing search and placement Have used SSVF to prevent homelessness for people in VASH and to help people in VASH maintain housing Targeting people below 30% of AMI ◦ 1 person = income below $16,900 ◦ 3 people = income below $21,700 4
  • 5.  While financial assistance was not a required service in SSVF, they decided to include it Almost all households receive both financial assistance and support services Prevention and RR almost equal for Singles Families more likely to use Prevention Few Vets from recent conflicts – most are aged 45+ 5
  • 6.  Working with veterans who have 30% AMI income has been particularly challenging. Working to help increase veteran household income has been key Have used an array of community resources ranging from VA benefits screening, public assistance, food banks etc to attempt to increase the housing success rate for this population 6
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  • 8.  Very low income (50% AMI) Individuals and families Occupying permanent housing ◦ Currently in permanent housing ◦ Homeless but slated for permanent housing within 90 days ◦ Have exited permanent housing within past 90 days and seeking other long-term housing responsive to needs and preferences
  • 9.  Outreach ◦ Hard-to-reach Veterans ◦ Include active liaison with local VA and community organizations Case management ◦ Assessment ◦ linkages Assistance in obtaining VA benefits Assistance in obtaining other public benefits -- referral ◦ Health care ◦ Daily living services
  • 10.  Grantees required to refer or directly provide ◦ Personal financial planning ◦ Transportation (tokens, can lease vehicle, car maintenance and repair up to $1,000 in 3 years)* ◦ Assist in obtaining mainstream benefits ◦ Fiduciary and representative payee services ◦ Legal services (‘issues that interfere with ability’ to be housed)* ◦ Child care – payments limited to 4 months in 1 year period* ◦ Housing counseling *not in hprp
  • 11.  Grantees may provide: ◦ Rental assistance: no more than 8 months in 3 years; no more than 5 months in a 12 month period; current rent or arrears ◦ Utility assistance: no more than 4 months in a 3 year period; ◦ Security deposits: no more than 1 every 3 years ◦ Moving costs: no more than 1 every 3 years ◦ Purchase emergency supplies: no more than $500/person/3 years