Supportive Services for Veteran Families

CCSOMO’S Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) project provides housing stability case management to Veteran families in 36 of the southernmost counties in Missouri. The coverage area extends from Illinois to the Oklahoma/Kansas border along the Missouri/Arkansas line, excluding the three southern Missouri counties surrounding the City of Springfield (Greene, Christian, and Webster counties) which are served through a similar program provided by The Kitchen.

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The purpose of the SSFV project is to address the staggering reality of homelessness among veterans and their families. In the past ten years, Missouri has seen an alarming increase in homelessness among vets, many of whom live in southern Missouri. By providing case management and other supportive services, CCSOMO will promote and support housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who are currently homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. The project will consist of a combination of services—Rapid Rehousing for the literally homeless and homeless prevention services for those at risk of homelessness. The goal is to provide participants with immediate housing and then to address any issues that might jeopardize housing stability through case management and connecting participants with valuable community resources.

Eligibility

At a minimum, eligible participants must meet the following conditions:

  1. A member of a Veteran family: Either (a) a Veteran; or (b) a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household is a Veteran, who has served at least 1 day on active duty and has received a discharge type other than dishonorable.
  2. Very low-income: Household income does not exceed 50% of the area median income (AMI).
  3. Be a resident of one of the 36 counties identified in CCSOMO’s area. Additionally, the Veteran family must continue to reside in or have a housing plan that will result in residency in one of the 36 counties served in CCSOMO’s project.
  4. Eligible veteran families must be homeless or at immediate risk of homelessness but for the supportive services offered through the SSVF project.

Types of Services Offered

Eligible veteran families may receive short-term case management services, social service assistance, financial assistance, and linkage with community services. Examples of these services include, but are not limited to:

  • housing stabilization;
  • housing counseling;
  • securing utilities;
  • assistance with moving arrangements;
  • mediation, advocacy and outreach to property owners;
  • financial budgeting and planning;
  • assistance obtaining VA benefits;
  • rental assistance;
  • utility payments;
  • security payments;
  • moving costs;
  • child care;
  • emergency supplies;
  • mental and physical health services;
  • social services;
  • transportation;
  • and education.

Contact information

For veterans living in Barry, Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald or Newton Counties, call (417) 624-3790.

For veterans living in Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Howell, Laclede, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas or Wright Counties, call (417) 720-4213.

For veterans living in Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Oregon, Pemiscot, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon or Wayne Counties, call (573) 323-4044.

For veterans living in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott or Stoddard Counties, call (573) 335-0134.

The SSVF project receives funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.