– with a growing number of families experiencing periods of homelessness each year.
Centerstone offers Supportive Services for Veteran Families to provide assistance to veterans and their families who are at risk for homelessness in Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families prevents homelessness by helping qualifying veterans and their families gain access to the resources they need in order to successfully transition to or maintain permanent housing.
Through SSVF, Centerstone’s Community Support Specialists provide guidance and coordination to veterans and their families, helping them make informed decisions, understand their options and gain access to VA benefits.
In addition, Community Support Specialists will connect veterans and family members with other resources in the veteran’s local community.
If available, some of these resources are:
Temporary financial assistance may be available to assist the veteran with expenses in order to maintain permanent housing or obtain affordable housing. Some of the expenses that may be covered are security deposits, utility deposits or other expenses that are related to housing the veteran.
SSVF is for veterans with or without family members. The veteran must have a qualifying Military Discharge (DD-214) from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or National Guard (as long as they were deployed out of State). All DD-214s are accepted, except when a service member has been dishonorably discharged.
In addition, a veteran’s combined household income cannot exceed fifty percent of the median area income determined by HUD. The veteran, if not currently homeless, must be experiencing housing difficulties so severe that without SSVF intervention he or she will become homeless within the next 30 days. Lastly, he or she must have plans to move into a permanent residence within the next 90 days.
Interested veterans and their families work with a Centerstone Community Support Specialist to complete an eligibility screening and assessment. Once enrolled, participants in SSVF work closely with Centerstone SSVF staff to identify barriers and determine what support services are necessary to meet essential needs.
Grant funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, SSVF is available at no cost to eligible candidates in 25 Middle Tennessee counties, 20 Kentucky counties and seven Southern Illinois counties.
Centerstone provides SSVF services in the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.
SSVF services are provided in these Kentucky counties: Allen, Ballard, Barren, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Logan, Marshall, McCracken, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Todd, Trigg and Warren.
SSVF services are provided in these Illinois counties: Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Saline and Williamson.
One of the main goals of the SSVF program is to get veterans and their families connected into their communities’ resources. Below are some resources that may be helpful to you:
|Operation Stand Down||(615) 248-1981|
|Second Harvest Food Box Program (Emergency)||(615) 329-3491|
|Metro Action Commission||(615) 862-8860|
|Grace Works Ministries||(615) 794-9055|
|Metro Action Commission||(615) 862-8860|
|Safe Haven||(615) 256-8195|
|Salvation Army’s Center of Hope||(615) 242-0411|
|Nashville Rescue Mission||(615) 255-2475|
|Nashville Rescue Mission (Women)||(615) 255-2475|
|Room In The Inn||(615) 251-9791|
|Manna Cafe||(931) 802-6800|
|Soldiers and Families Embraced||(931) 591-3241|
|Clarksville Salvation Army||(931) 552-5350|
|The Ark Resources & Assistance Center||(615) 457-1931|
|Dickson County Help Center||(615) 441-0076|
|Helping Hands of Hickman County||(931) 670-1008|
|Mid-Cumberland Community Action Center||(615) 742-1113|
|Goodwill Career Center||(615) 794-4984|
|Sanctuary, Inc.||(270) 885-4572|
To determine if you are eligible for SSVF or for more information, please contact us at:
SSVF is a service of Centerstone, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Centerstone is a not-for-profit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth and an inpatient hospital. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services and employee assistance programs. Centerstone’s Research Institute provides guidance through research and technology, leveraging the best practices for use in all our communities. Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support the work and mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives.