Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health care providers, received a renewal of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant will fund the fourth year of the not-for-profit’s successful Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), which aids very low-income veterans and their families in transitioning to permanent housing.
Centerstone provides eligible veteran families with supportive services—including case management, transportation and child care, as well as employment, budgeting and legal assistance—and helps in obtaining VA and other benefits. It also offers time-limited payments to third parties, from landlords to utility companies, in order to help veterans and their families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
Reaching 40 Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky counties, this service and the grants that fund it are part of the VA’s and Centerstone’s collaborative efforts to end homelessness among veterans.
Last year, SSVF exceeded goals by 40 percent, serving 561 veterans and their families. The SSVF team at Centerstone launched in 2011 with a smaller footprint and operating budget but has grown due to its high performance, providing assistance to more than 1,300 veterans and their families.
“Under the VA’s ‘Housing First’ policy, Centerstone’s SSVF team has taken a holistic, full-spectrum approach to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention,” said SSVF outreach specialist Daniel Ward. “In tandem with their clients, our case managers work to create stability plans that provide a pathway toward housing permanency, and assist our veterans to successfully return to the society they served.”
SSVF is a vital component of Centerstone’s work toward a more just, equitable and opportunity-rich environment for Tennessee and Kentucky veterans and their families.
For more information, including coverage area, visit SSVFonline.org or call (615) 460-4385 in Tennessee or (270) 282-0121 in Kentucky.