Centerstone received its sixth renewal grant, totaling $6,060,000 over the next three years, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant will fund the fifth through seventh years of the not-for-profit’s successful Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), which aids low-income veterans and their families in transitioning to permanent housing.
Centerstone’s SSVF team has helped address the needs of over 3,000 veterans and their families across 40 Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky counties. In the past nine months, SSVF has helped approximately 1,000 individuals from 579 veteran families, with 85 percent exiting services after successfully securing permanent housing.
“Since its inception, Centerstone’s SSVF team has worked diligently to not only connect thousands of veterans and their families to housing permanency, but also provide means to help them and their families achieve financial stability,” said Centerstone SSVF Project Director Phyllis Viltz. “With the new funding, we look forward to continuing our mission in helping thousands of veterans throughout the region transition to a place they can call home.”
Clients have described Centerstone’s SSVF as “a guiding light” and “professional and thorough.” One client remarked, “They made me feel proud to be a veteran even in difficult times.”
The organization received its first grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2012. Since then, it has secured more than $16 million in funding to expand and sustain the team that provides eligible veterans and their families with supportive services, including case management, transportation, child care, employment support, budgeting, legal assistance and help obtaining VA and other benefits.
The services also can include 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.