The SSVF Program is designed for Veterans earning less than 50% of the area median income and who are in danger of losing their housing, or are homeless and want housing. Most SSVF eligible Veterans and their families have unsuitable housing and/or unfavorable financial or legal histories which present barriers to housing. Based on need, SSVF can provide or facilitate financial empowerment training, job readiness training, employment assistance, legal aid, transportation services, as well as assistance with utilities and deposits.
In order to qualify for this program, a Veteran must have served in the active military or been activated in the National Guard or Reserves either in Tennessee or another state and be currently living in one of the ten counties we serve. All Veterans in the SSVF Program must have an honorable discharge or a general under honorable conditions discharge. One may qualify if they are a single or married Veteran or the spouse of a Veteran. Homeless Veterans that expect to be in permanent housing within the next 90 days and Veterans who are in danger of losing their housing in the next 90 days may also qualify.
We provide transitional housing for our Veterans. We strive to provide a safe, structured, and secure environment in a home setting for our men and women. Veterans are required to participate in supportive meetings and learn to re-establish a successful lifestyle, contribute to the upkeep of a home, be an active part of a neighborhood, create a budget and savings plan, develop successful work habits, and keep developing person-to-person skills.
Our goal is to mentor Veterans who are experiencing life-controlling situations to empower them in rebuilding their own foundation and support systems. These may include addiction issues, legal issues, educational barriers, and employment barriers.
Once accepted into transitional housing, Veterans can stay for up to two years, however the average resident stays for six to nine months. Allowing our Veterans to stay up to two years gives them the opportunity to address any issues they may be dealing with while living in a safe and secure environment. By providing this type of environment, Veterans can build their confidence and successfully transition from active duty to civilian life.