CCS Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program quickly connects Veterans- families and individuals- experiencing homelessness, or at risk of losing housing, to permanent housing through tailored housing stability plans that may include the use of short-term financial assistance, supportive services and longer-term shallow subsidies. SSVF helps Veteran families and individuals living on the streets, in vehicles or in emergency shelters resolve the immediate barriers to obtaining permanent market rate housing while reducing the amount of time they experience homelessness.  SSVF also helps Veteran families at risk of losing housing (within 30 days) regain housing stability through SSVF’s Homeless Prevention Program.

Our program has established partnerships with community resources (County Veterans Programs, Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veterans’ Health Administration, DSHS) and quickly links clients to those services that enable them to achieve housing stability in the long-term. All services are voluntary and housing stability plans are created in partnership with our Veteran clients. We are a housing first program, meaning that there are no preconditions that clients must meet before moving into housing.  We use a progressive engagement approach which involves supporting families/individuals to quickly self-resolve their homelessness by tailoring services to offer what is needed.

Eligibility

  • For SSVF purposes a Veteran refers to a “person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, regardless of length of service, and who was discharged or released therefrom, excluding anyone who received a dishonorable discharge or was discharged or dismissed by reason of a general court-martial” and National Guard members who served at least on day under Title 10 orders.
  • Currently experiencing literal homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or at risk of losing housing (within 30 days).
  • Under 80% Area Median Income.
  • Currently residing in King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum or Cowlitz Counties.

The SSVF program does not own or sub-lease units and has no direct access to subsidized or low-income units. Clients will be assisted in finding market-rate rental units in the Counties listed above. While clients do not need to have current income to be eligible for the SSVF program, clients must work with their case manager to develop a plan for assuming responsibility for their rent.

Additional Resources

If you are in crisis, call the 24/7 confidential Veterans Crisis Line, dial 988 then press 1 or text 838255

VA Puget Sound Health Care System  
Seattle Division
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
206-762-1010 | 800-329-8387

VA Puget Sound Health Care System 
American Lake Division
9600 Veterans Drive
Tacoma, WA 98493
253-582-8440 | 800-329-8387

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-562-2308

Washington Information Network
2-1-1

Federal Way Vet Center
(253) 838-3090

Seattle Vet Center
(206) 764-5130

Kitsap County Veteran’s Assistance
Fund
(360) 337-7185

Pierce County Veterans Bureau
(253)798-7449

Tacoma Vet Center
(253) 565-7038

King County Veterans Program
(206) 477-8282

Thurston County Vets Assistance
Fund
(360) 867-2625