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SSVF


Overview:

The Veterans Administration has been authorized to offer community-based grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, which will provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families in or transitioning to permanent housing.  Funds are granted to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will assist very low-income Veteran families by providing a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability. 

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Background:

Estimates for Veteran homelessness have dropped substantially in the past five years.  However, despite the success of VA Homeless Services and its community partners, to end Veteran homelessness, VA must continue to assist families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless.  In 2010, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that 13 percent of impoverished individual Veterans become homeless at some point during the year.  In 2009, the American Community Survey estimated that 1,356,610 Veterans lived in poverty.

Supportive Services:

Through the SSVF Program, VA aims to improve very low-income Veteran families’ housing stability.  Grantees (private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives) will provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:

Health care services
Daily living services
Personal financial planning services
Transportation services

Fiduciary and payee services
Legal services
Child care services
Housing counseling services

In addition, grantees may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veterans’ families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. 


KI BOIS SSVF serves twenty-four (24) counties in rural Oklahoma. These counties include: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray,
Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha and Sequoyah Counties
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Service Area

Offices

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SSVF  Director
Tammy Randazzo
Tammy.Randazzo@kibois.org

Address
421 W. Broadway
Muskogee, Oklahoma  74401

1500 Hoppe Blvd.
Ada, OK 74820

Telephone
918.681.7525
FAX 918.684.1792

580.436.9015
FAX 580.436.8280