VA grant to continue homeless prevention program for Northeast Tennessee veterans

Sue Guinn Legg • Aug 4, 2019 at 4:06 PM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has renewed grant funding for continuation of the Services and Support for Veteran Families program that helps prevent homelessness among Northeast Tennessee veterans.

The local grant was awarded to Volunteers of America Mid States, which administers the SSVF program in 25 Tennessee counties. The grant is part of $426 million in VA funding awarded to 271 SSVF programs nationwide for fiscal 2020.

The SSVF program assists veterans and their eligible family members with funding for living expenses including rent, utilities, deposits and household furnishings and provides case management and follow-up services to help sustain their housing for the long term.

The program’s goal is to rapidly re-house veterans who are homeless and to prevent those who are at risk from becoming homeless.

In a press release announcing the grant awards, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said, “Ending veteran homelessness remains a high priority and the SSVF program has proven to be remarkably effective in helping low-income veterans and their families overcome housing crises.

“By offering temporary assistance to eligible veterans through these important grants, we will continue to help veterans exit homelessness and remain in stable housing,” Wilkie said.

Misty Underwood, program manager for Volunteers of America’s Johnson City office, told the Johnson City Press earlier this year that the program is designed to help struggling veterans and their families maintain self-sufficiency.

Veterans and veteran family members who are in need of housing assistance and support services may visit the Volunteers of America office located in the Johnson City Professional Building, 112 E. Myrtle Ave., Suite 300, or call the office at 423-461-0044.