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Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

If you are a Veteran in need of help, call 1-877-424-3838 (4AIDVET) or click on FY 2015 SSVF Providers.

This page is designed to provide information about the SSVF Program to Veterans, applicants, and interested stakeholders. On this page you will find the Final Rule, the most recent Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), application templates, the SSVF Program Guide as well as a list of current SSVF Providers and other useful information.

If you are an SSVF Grantee, please view our SSVF University webpage for information pertaining to the development and implementation of your program.


About the SSVF Program:

Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

Grantees 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 Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.

Important Program Information

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SSVF Success Stories


 "Don't be afraid to face your fears or your doubts.  Be unafraid of failure."

Tallahassee, Florida native Charles Windom vividly remembers growing up listening to Florida A&M University’s Marching 100 band with his sisters. Charles’ father is a Navy Veteran that served in World War II, and just 7 days after graduating high school, Charles joined the Navy as well.


For 20 years, Charles traveled the world and was granted the opportunity to live in Italy, Iceland and California while focusing on telecommunications. He retired from the Navy in 2001, prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charles is a Master of Information Technology and spent many years working in telecommunications at AT&T.


Charles became homeless in the fall of 2013 after an intense divorce in which he lost his home, car and experienced significant wage garnishments. Charles moved in with his sister in South Carolina for 3 months, but later decided to relocate to Jacksonville, Florida in order to pursue job opportunities. Only 8 short days after moving to Jacksonville, Charles fell ill and was in a coma from November 2013 through February 2014. Once he came out of his coma, he spent many months in rehab regain muscle recognition. Charles recalls being unable to lift a book bag.


After completing rehab, Charles moved back near his sister and immediately began to apply for jobs in Atlanta. In June 2014, he visited the VA for housing options and was placed at Essence of Hope, where he lived for 1 month. He became involved with the United Way of Greater Atlanta SSVF program in July 2014, when placed in permanent housing.  He is grateful for the staff at Recovery Consultants of Atlanta for assisting him with housing and job placement, especially during his weakened physical state. He also received legal assistance from the Georgia Law Center.


Charles noted that during his plight of homelessness and illness, he was never depressed or sad, he was simply grateful to breathe on his own. He was very confident that the best was yet to come.  Charles is currently an Applications Engineer Manager for Southern Company, and enjoys studying, cooking and eating. Although there are many things that Charles would like to accomplish in the near future, he says that he’s learned that “change won’t happen in a week.”


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Contact Information

For further information about the SSVF Program please email or call (toll-free) at 1-877-737-0111.

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