Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program
The Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVFP) is a housing first, supportive services outreach program operated by VOA Chesapeake, Inc. and the VA SSVF Program Office. The SSVFP is a community-based program which provides a range of supportive services to very low income Veteran families, defined as a Veteran and family members or single Veterans, in or transitioning to permanent housing to promote housing stability. The primary goals are to assist families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless—consistent with the HUD HPRP's (Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Programs).
Eligibility criteria include:
- Veteran head of household or spouse with other than dishonorable discharge.
- Household income combined must be at 50% or less of the Area Medium Income.
- Housing status—must be in permanent housing; homeless and scheduled to obtain permanent housing within 90 days; or, homeless after exiting permanent housing within the last 90 days.
- Clients will be screened with the use of a screening eligibility tool to determine their eligibility for homeless prevention services.
The SSVFP is designed to provide supportive services to help each veteran family increase and develop self-sufficiency within their housing environment. Comprehensive case management is of primary importance and a case manager is assigned to each family unit and is responsible for providing a comprehensive assessment of needs, formulation of a Family Services Plan (FSP), and the implementation and management of the FSP. The case manager will assist the resident in obtaining access to needed resources, offered within the program or in the community. Resources to be provided within the program include:
- Case management
- Transportation assistance to interviews, appointments, etc.
- Referrals to community services and resources
- Crisis intervention
- Mental health services referrals
- Substance abuse and recovery services referrals
- Referrals to life skills training on issues such as parenting, budgeting, health care and home maintenance
- Income support services—employment services & benefits support/assistance
- Employment and/or education referral and assistance
- Assistance with securing donations such as furniture and clothing
Program and Intake staff can be contacted at 703-341-7020 or 703-341-5077
Hours of Operation:
Mon. - Fri.- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM