Homelessness happens as a result of major traumatic events, physical and mental disabilities, a drastic change in income, or an unexpected crisis. Veterans face several, if not all of these things; which is why they are 50 percent more likely to become homeless than other Americans, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV).
Homelessness is an epidemic.
Veterans can become homeless, or at-risk as a result of outstanding medical bills, past due taxes, unpaid rent, etc. Homelessness may also be a result of coming from poverty and/or living in an impoverished area once they are discharged from duty.
Homelessness affects all of America’s veterans. Many have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan/Iraq, and the military’s anti-drug war cultivation efforts in South America.
The NCHV states about 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Help isn’t far away.
Programs like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are targeted to assist veterans with housing, medical, and other necessities. However, they are most effective when paired with other community programs for homeless veterans like the Center for Community Resources Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
The SSVF is a collaborative effort of six regional counties to provide assistance to our nation’s veterans and their family members. This community-based program works to assist homeless veterans and their families to prevent those at imminent risk due to a housing crisis.
The SSVF program focuses on helping individuals and families access and sustain permanent rental housing, increasing income through employment and benefits, and addressing those issues that can interfere with Veteran’s housing stability.
CCR appoints a Housing Advisor to provide case management supports for veterans who are referred through the program. Call 724-431-3748 to make a referral or learn more about the services and assistance available.