The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $27.5 million to help fight Veteran homelessness in Florida. To find help from VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program serving Veterans in your Florida community, visit www.veteranhousinghelp.com.
If you served in the U.S. Military and are experiencing a housing crisis, there are resources available. In Broward or Miami-Dade County, you can contact Operation Sacred Trust’s SSVF team at 855-SSVF-411 (855-778-3411), or by email to intake@411Veterans.com. To locate programs throughout Florida, visit veteranhousinghelp.com. Elsewhere in the United States, contact the US Department of Veteran Affairs National Homeless Outreach Team at 1-877-4AID-VET.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded $27.5 million to help fight Veteran homelessness in Florida.
The money under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program is going to 12 non-profits.
Purpose Built Families Foundation’s Operation Sacred Trust program was awarded $3,418,865 to serve homeless and at-risk Veterans in both Broward and Miami Dade counties. United Way’s Mission United program received $3,211,157 to assist Broward County Veterans. The Advocate Program received $2,097,768 to help Veterans in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
These grants will give thousands of low-income Veteran families in Florida access to case management, emergency financial assistance, and other services.
Florida’s grantees collaborate to provide the highest standards of care to Veterans throughout the state with the goal of rapidly re-housing Veterans who become homeless and preventing Veterans from becoming homeless.
“VA’s funding supports our continued efforts to end Veteran homelessness in South Florida, a top priority for our community,” said Operation Sacred Trust CEO Seth Eisenberg.
Operation Sacred Trust has served thousands of homeless and very-low income Veterans. Already this year, the program provided more than $1.75 million in financial aid for housing related expenses to Broward and Miami-Dade County Veterans. Eisenberg said local needs have grown exponentially in the wake of COVID-19.
Nationally, Veteran Affairs SSVF program has served more than 105,156 individuals, including 70,524 Veterans and 20,608 children nationally in 2019.
The full list of grantees is available at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.