For information, or to make a referral, please contact us at:

918-681-7525 or

SSVF@kibois.org

 

Office Hours:

M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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:

Housing search & placements
Health care services
Daily living services
Personal financial planning services
Transportation services

Housing stability planning
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. 

UPDATE: SSVF’s New Website is Live 

On Friday, February 18, 2022, SSVF launched our new website, which was created to be more intuitive and user-friendly. As you navigate the new site, please notify your Regional Coordinator of any functionality issues, if links do not work, etc.  

PLEASE NOTE: The website URL has changed and can now be found at: https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.html. Please bookmark this new page and share it with your staff.  


Service Area

Muskogee

421 W. Broadway Muskogee, OK 74401 918-681-7525

Ada

710 E. Main, Ada, OK 74820 580-436-9015

McAlester

609 E. Peoria, McAlester, OK 74501 918-423-3525

Ardmore

117 B St. SW, Ardmore, OK 73401 580-465-6684

Poteau

219 Kerr Ave., Poteau, OK 74953 918-647-3267
  We have an SSVF Case Manager in McAlester covering Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, and McCurtain Counties. That contact number is 918-448-6552.  

 

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.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Shallow Subsidy service provides rental assistance to very low-income and extremely low-income Veteran households who are enrolled in SSVF’s Rapid Rehousing or Homeless Prevention projects. Veterans will have already received rental assistance via traditional SSVF projects (Rapid Rehousing or Homeless Prevention) but remain rent burdened and do not have access to public funded subsidized housing.

     Under the Shallow Subsidy service, SSVF grantees provide rental assistance payments to landlords on behalf of the Veteran household. The rental assistance is at a fixed rate every month, regardless of changes in the Veteran household’s income or monthly rent amount. SSVF will offer light case management services to the Veteran Families enrolled.

     For KI BOIS SSVF’s Shallow Subsidy service, the maximum amount of rental subsidy that can be provided on behalf of the Veteran household is up to 50 % (during the Pandemic) and then up to 35% (after the Pandemic) of the local rent reasonableness. The Veteran will be responsible for the remaining portion.

     Veteran households will not undergo a full recertification while they are receiving a shallow subsidy but verification will be verified every 90 days. At the end of the 24 month shallow subsidy period, however, the Veteran household may be recertified, and the fixed rental assistance amount would be updated at the current rent reasonableness.

     KI BOIS Community Action started their Shallow Subsidy services in November.  According to Tammy Randazzo, KI BOIS SSVF Director, “There is a great need in our rural area for immediate access to subsidized housing, especially for our Veterans on a fixed income, and this funding and initiative will help many Veteran Families in our 24 counties.”

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SSVF  Director
Tammy Randazzo
Tammy.Randazzo@kibois.org

Address
421 W. Broadway
Muskogee, Oklahoma  74401

Telephone
918.681.7525
FAX 918.684.1792