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Taking Care of the New Home Front: Leveraging Greater Federal Resources to Expand Community Capacity for New York State Veterans and Families

  • By: Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • Date: December 2013
  • Priority Area: Veterans' Health
  • Type: Resources
  • Category: Report
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Overview

This report from the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) looks at the progress of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, a first-of-its-kind initiative that assists veteran families at imminent risk of homelessness in maintaining safe, permanent housing.

SSVF is also designed to meet the needs of veteran families that have become homeless by rapidly re-engaging with permanent housing and other support structures to achieve quick housing outcomes and community integration. SSVF ensures that every veteran household in New York State would have access to high-quality, outcome-oriented homelessness prevention services.

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) and IVMF recognized this program as an opportunity to make a demonstrable impact in preventing veteran homelessness in New York State. With support from NYSHealth, the IVMF is working to grow the capacity for SSVF grantee applicants and will work with existing grantees to help increase their capacity to serve veterans. As result of NYSHealth’s investment, New York State secured $26 million in federal resources through the SSVF program in 2013.