05.30.2023 By Krystel Spell

Housing Resources for Unhoused Veterans

In the veteran community, many individuals face the challenge of being without a place to call home and often struggle to access the assistance they need.

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Stable housing plays a significant role in one's financial journey. Without a place to live, it becomes increasingly difficult to engage in meaningful work and take the necessary steps towards regaining stability. In this blog post, we will shed light on essential housing resources available specifically for unhoused veterans or those experiencing financial difficulties that directly impact their housing situation.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Homeless Programs:

The Dept of Veterans Affairs has various programs dedicated to assisting homeless veterans. They provide resources and can connect you with local organizations in your state. One such program is The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This program offers comprehensive assistance, including financial aid, case management, and supportive services, to help veterans secure and maintain suitable housing. The SSVF program works with local organizations to address housing instability and prevent homelessness among veterans. 

Difficulty Making Mortgage Payments

Many Veterans don’t realize that there is assistance available to those who may be having difficulty making their monthly mortgage payments. There are 6 basic options available that can be worked out with a lender that should be considered.  These include: Repayment Plans, Forbearance, Loan Modifications, Additional Time, Short Sale, Deed In Lieu of Foreclosure. Learn more about these options on Veteran Saves here.

United Way 211

Dialing 211 or visiting the United Way's website can connect veterans to a wide range of social services, including rent and utility assistance programs available in their local area. 

HUD-VASH Program

The HUD-VASH program is a collaboration between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Its purpose is to help veterans who don't have a home find housing by giving them money to rent a place. Along with financial assistance, the program also provides extra services to support veterans in keeping their housing and getting any other help they may need. It's a way to ensure that veterans without a home can get one and continue to receive ongoing support to stay housed.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP):

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is a program funded by the Department of Labor. Its main goal is to help veterans who are experiencing homelessness find jobs that are meaningful to them. Getting a job is an important step for veterans to have a stable home. HVRP provides training for job skills, counseling for careers, and assistance in finding employment. They give veterans the support they need to find a job and get on the path to financial stability so that they can find housing.

Veterans Crisis Line and Supportive Services:

If a veteran is in an urgent housing crisis, the Veterans Crisis Line is an important resource. When a veteran calls, they will talk to trained professionals who can provide immediate help, advice, and support in many areas. You can access the Veterans Crisis Line 24/7 to get help when you need it.