The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced $100 million in grants made available for 2012 to community agencies that assist low income Veterans and families facing homelessness. These funds are offered through "Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program", a homeless-prevention and rapid re-housing program established by the VA in 2011.

The SSVF program funding provides community organizations with the finances to provide counseling, training, education assistance, direct time-limited financial assistance, transportation, child care, rent, utilities, and other services aimed at preventing homelessness or providing homes for participating veterans and family members.

The available funds were announced via Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) posted on the federal register and at VA's SSVF website.

In December and January, VA is sponsoring free workshops to review the grant. Community organizations interested in applying for funds under this program can use the SSVF website to find dates for workshops in Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Oakland, and Kansas City. Material presented at the workshops will also be available on the SSVF website. Community organizations seeking more information on the SSVF program can also contact VA at 1-877-737-0111 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..