Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
The goal of the SSVF program is to promote housing stability among very low-income Veterans and their families. This includes individuals and families who are either homeless, in housing crisis or at imminent risk of losing housing. We provide this assistance through various supportive and financial services.
Sponsored by a grant from the Veterans Administration (VA), SSVF provides financial assistance and case management with the objective of helping our country’s veterans achieve housing stability. Our mission is to help the VA reach their target of ending veteran homelessness and provide support for veterans or family members who need it.
- Case Management
- Eviction Prevention Assistance
- Deposit, Rental and Utility Assistance
- Connection to Veteran Services
- Connection to Social Security Benefits
- Referrals and assistance with finding services
- A safe and confidential place to talk about your personal situation and get guidance
If you or someone you know is a veteran – who does NOT have a dishonorable discharge or a Bad Conduct discharge under General Court Martial – who earns less than a certain percentage of the Area Median Income and is in danger of losing housing or looking to gain housing, please call us at (541) 383-2793 or come to the COVO business office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a referral has been received a Case Manager will contact you. If you don’t have a phone or email, please come to our office. After meeting with a Case Manager, your needs and situation will be assessed to create a plan that will connect you to the right resources to help you find and maintain housing. Eligibility criteria based upon VA guidelines applies to all veterans referred to SSVF and final eligibility for enrollment is determined on a case-by-case basis.
We also partner with the Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), providing housing vouchers and case management for eligible homeless Veterans. The HUD-VASH team holds a walk-in clinic each Wednesday morning at the Bend VA Clinic, 2650 Northeast Courtney Drive Bend, OR 97701-7639. The HUD-VASH team can be reached at 541-550-5468 for more information.
If you are a homeless veteran in crisis please call 1-800-273-8255 for immediate assistance from a trained VA operator.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)
Accessing Supplemental Social Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) can be difficult for anyone. For our Veterans who are homeless or for those with mental illness, medical impairments, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder, the challenge can be even greater.
The SOAR program helps increase the access to these benefits for Veterans and others with behavioral health disorders who are also experiencing homelessness, as well as for those returning to their communities from jails and hospitals. The SSI/SSDI application process can be complex, and SOAR certified specialists help clients navigate the process. The SSVF Housing Specialist is SOAR certified and helps our Veterans and their household members.