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The VA provides various resources for homeless veterans, but they also offer assistance to keep vets from losing their homes in the first place. These precautionary programs allow veterans to get the help they need to keep their home, or transition to more stable housing arrangements.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Through this program, veterans who are at risk for homelessness can work with SSVF case managers. Their goal is to prevent the loss of housing and to identify new, stable housing.
VA Unemployment Support
Unemployment can cause veterans to get behind on payments and be at risk for homelessness.
The VA offers unemployment benefits for veterans who:
– were honorably discharged from active-duty service
– are actively seeking employment
– are no longer on terminal leave
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
HUD provides housing assistance vouchers for privately-owned housing to veterans who are qualified for VA healthcare services.
Through the VA, these veterans who are at risk of homelessness can also gain access to services that will help other conditions that are impacting their housing stability, like healthcare, mental health, and substance abuse. To help this process, veterans can access their healthcare information easily online here.
HUD-VASH is a combination of case managers and services to help veterans keep their homes or transition to more affordable housing when needed.
Mortgage Payment Assistance
If a veteran falls behind in mortgage payments and is at risk of foreclosure, the VA provides assistance to help them get back on track.
The VA offers financial counseling and VA Loan technicians, who are available to help vets avoid foreclosure.
VA Financial counseling is available for those who:
– are a veteran, or a surviving spouse of a veteran
– have a VA direct or VA backed loan
– have a VA direct or VA backed loan and it’s 61 days past due
For more resources that tackle veteran homelessness, you can check here.