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  • Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program Program Guide Last Updated March 31, 2014

  • DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES PROGRAM GUIDE

    LAST UPDATED March 31, 2014 i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    I. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 1

    A. ........................................................................................... PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM GUIDE ................................................................................................................................................................ 1 B. ............................................................................... CHANGES MADE TO THE PROGRAM GUIDE ................................................................................................................................................................ 1 C. ................................................................... SSVF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND BACKGROUND ................................................................................................................................................................ 3 D. ............................................................................................................................. DEFINITIONS ................................................................................................................................................................ 3

    II. PROGRAM OVERVIEW .................................................................................................. 7

    A. ............................... GOAL OF THE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES PROGRAM ................................................................................................................................................................ 7 B. ........................................................................................................... ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS ................................................................................................................................................................ 7 C. ............................................................................................ SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROVIDED ................................................................................................................................................................ 9

    III. SUPPORTIVE SERVICES GRANT RENEWAL PROCESS ........................................ 9

    IV. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ............................................................................................. 9

    A. ......................................................................................................................... INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................................ 9 B. ...................................................................................... PRE-AWARD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE .............................................................................................................................................................. 10 C. .................................................................................... POST-AWARD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE .............................................................................................................................................................. 10

    V. SUPPORTIVE SERVICES .............................................................................................. 10

    A. ......................................................................................................................... INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................................................................. 10 B. ................................................................................................................................OUTREACH .............................................................................................................................................................. 11

    1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES ........................................................................................................ 11 2. IDENTIFYING VETERAN FAMILIES ............................................................................................. 11 3. ELIGIBILITY SCREENING AND EVALUATION.............................................................................. 12

    a. Participant Eligibility Verification and Documentation ........................................................ 14 b. New Participant Health Screening (Physical and Mental) ..................................................... 14 c. Referral When Sufficient Resources Are Not Available ....................................................... 14 d. Referral of Ineligible Veteran Families ................................................................................. 14

  • DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES PROGRAM GUIDE

    LAST UPDATED March 31, 2014 ii

    C. ................................................................................................. CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES .............................................................................................................................................................. 14

    1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES ........................................................................................................ 14 2. INTAKE ....................................................................................................................................... 15

    a. Needs Assessment .................................................................................................................. 15 b. Housing Stability Planning .................................................................................................... 15

    3. ROLE OF CASE MANAGER IN COORDINATING PROVISION OF SUPPORTIVE SERVICES .............. 15 D. ................................................................................. ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING VA BENEFITS .............................................................................................................................................................. 16

    1. DESCRIPTION OF BENEFITS/SERVICES ....................................................................................... 16 2. GUIDANCE ON ADMINISTRATION OF BENEFITS/SERVICES ........................................................ 16 3. USING COMMUNITY LINKAGES TO ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS ................................................. 16

    E. .............................. ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING AND COORDINATING OTHER PUBLIC BENEFITS .............................................................................................................................................................. 17

    1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES ........................................................................................................ 17 2. USING COMMUNITY LINKAGES TO ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS ................................................. 17

    F. ..................................... OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES / TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE .............................................................................................................................................................. 18

    1. OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES .................................................................................................. 18 2. ELIGIBLE TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE ....................................................................... 18

    a. Rental Assistance ................................................................................................................... 19 b. Utility Payment Assistance .................................................................................................... 20 c. Deposits ................................................................................................................................. 21 d. Moving Costs ......................................................................................................................... 22 e. General Housing Stability Assistance .................................................................................... 23 f. Emergency Housing Assistance ............................................................................................. 24 g. Transportation Assistance ...................................................................................................... 24 h. Child Care Assistance ............................................................................................................ 25

    3. RESTRICTIONS ON PAYMENTS ................................................................................................... 26 4. DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED .................................................................................................... 26

    VI. PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION ... 26

    A. .......................................................................................... SSVF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................................................................................................. 26 B. ..................................................... DETERMINING VETERAN HOUSEHOLD STATUS ELIGIBILITY ............................................................................................

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