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The Community Renewal Team in Hartford was awarded a $350,000 Support Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on July 26. The grant was one of 85 grants across 40 states that total nearly $60 million and will assist 22,000 veteran families at-risk of homelessness nationwide.
The SSVF program, a critical element of VA's plan to prevent and end homelessness among veterans, will promote housing stability among homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. Under the SSVF program, the Veterans Administration awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that can provide a range of supportive services to eligible very low-income Veteran families.
"This new innovative program from the Department of Veterans Affairs is essential to the Obama administration's efforts to prevent and end veterans homelessness by 2015," said Anthony Love, Deputy Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. "Building on the lessons of the Recovery Act's success with the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing program (HPRP), this new funding is critical for communities across the nation."