Mid Michigan Community Action receives grant to help prevent Veteran homelessness

Mid Michigan Community Action is bringing homeless veterans in from the cold and into homes they can call their own, thanks to a renewed grant for the agency’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVF).

A total $496,000 was granted by the Department of Veteran Affairs to help fund the SSVF program, which improves housing stability of Veteran families by proving prevention, rehousing, case management services and assistance with obtaining VA benefits and other public benefits.

Through the program Veterans can receive rental assistance, utility payment assistance, moving costs, purchases of emergency supplies, transportation assistance and child care assistance.

“This grant has allowed Mid Michigan Community Action to help Veterans like never before by providing funds specifically for rehousing homeless Veterans and prevent their future homelessness,” said Jill Sutton, executive director of Mid Michigan Community Action. “We are dedicated to eliminating homelessness and poverty among area Veterans and it is support like this that makes it possible.”

The program serves several counties across Mid-Michigan, including: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola counties. It is also available in Isabella, Montcalm, Ionia and Gratiot counties through Mid Michigan Community Action’s partnership with EightCAP.

Mid Michigan Community Action has helped an estimated 187 Veterans with over 1,100 services through via SSVF funding. This is the second year the agency has received funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Veterans interested in participating in the program can call 877-204-6152 to learn more.

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