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VA is working to help Veterans and their families maintain safe housing while the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact their economic stability. VA resources have always helped Veterans meet important needs, but housing-related support is especially critical now, as many Veterans across the country are at risk of losing their housing.
To combat this risk, VA is offering supportive services to low-income Veterans facing homelessness to find suitable housing for themselves and their families. VA takes a Housing First approach – meaning that housing is considered a basic need that should be met quickly and without any preconditions. Once housing has been secured, other services can be provided. Eligible Veterans and their families receive housing counseling, legal services, child support services, and rental assistance to ensure all members of the family are supported and cared for. One resource that provides these services is Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Another Housing First resource offered by VA – the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program – enrolls the largest percentage of Veterans in need of housing, with over 100,000 total vouchers nationwide. The HUD-VASH program gives Veterans and their families the resources they need to exit homelessness while providing them with the tools and support to help them maintain safe and stable housing.