Veteran family support services By helping qualified veterans and their families access the resources they need to transition or maintain permanent housing successfully, we aim to prevent homelessness. There are many ways a veteran can get help.
Through SSVF, Centerstone’s Community Support Specialists provide guidance and coordination to veterans and their families, helping them make informed decisions, understand their options, and access VA benefits.
In addition, Community Support Specialists will connect veterans and family members with other resources in the veterans’ local community.
When available, some of these resources include:
- Labour Services
- Housing services
- Financial advisory services.
- Legal services
- Assistance with transport (public transport)
Temporary financial assistance may be available to assist veterans with the costs of maintaining permanent housing or finding affordable housing. Some of the expenses that may be covered include security deposits, utilities, or other costs associated with housing the veteran.
SSVF is for veterans with or without family members. The veteran must have a qualifying military discharge (DD-214) from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, or National Guard (as long as they are deployed outside of the state). All DD-214s are accepted, except when a service member has been dishonourably discharged.
In addition, a veteran’s combined household income cannot exceed fifty per cent of the median income determined by HUD. If not currently homeless, the veteran must have housing problems so severe that they will become lost within the next 30 days without intervention from the SSVF. Finally, they must have plans to move into a permanent home within the next 90 days.
What You Can Expect
Interested veterans and their families will work with a Centerstone Community Support Specialist to complete a screening and eligibility assessment. SSVF participants work closely with Centerstone SSVF staff to identify barriers and determine what support services are needed to meet the most important needs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs funds SSVF. It is available at no cost to eligible applicants in 25 counties in Central Tennessee, 20 counties in Kentucky, and seven counties in Southern Illinois.
Centerstone provides SSVF services in the following counties in Central Tennessee: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.
SSVF services are provided in the following counties of Kentucky: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Logan, Marshall, McCracken, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, and Warren.
People in the following Illinois counties can get help from the SSVF: Franklin; Jackson; Johnson; Massac; Pope; Saline; and Williamson.