Sen. Murray announces funding to prevent veterans’ homelessness
Yesterday, Sen. Patty Murray announced that six state non-profit community agencies will receive homeless prevention grants in order to provide homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance to veterans in Washington state. The grants are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program aims to improve the housing stability of very low-income veteran families by providing funding to private, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives which, in turn, provide supportive services to veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Murray supported the expansion of this critical program by including it in Public Law 112-37, the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011. The SSVF program grantees provide eligible veteran families with outreach, case management, time-limited payments to landlords and utility companies, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits. Learn more about VA’s SSVF program here.