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HOMELESS VETERANS: Senator Murray Announces Funding for Homeless Prevention Across Washington State

Jul 17 2012

Six state non-profit community agencies will receive homeless prevention grants under VA program

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that six state non-profit community agencies will receive homeless prevention grants in order to provide homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance to veterans in Washington state.  The grants are part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.  The SSVF program aims to improve the housing stability of very low income veteran families by providing funding to private, non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who in turn provide supportive services to veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.  Chairman Murray supported the expansion of this critical program by including it in Public Law 112-37, the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011.   

“This funding is a huge help for veterans and their families who are struggling to stay in their homes or to get into permanent housing,” said Senator Murray. “With new servicemembers returning home every day and the economy sputtering, we must step up our efforts to provide all veterans with stable housing and the dignity that comes with it. We owe it to our veterans to provide them with the resources and support they need to keep a roof over their heads. 

According to the VA, the SSVF Program Grantees provide eligible veteran families with outreach, case management, time-limited payments to landlords and utility companies, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:

  • Health care services
  • Daily living services
  • Personal financial planning services
  • Transportation services
  • Fiduciary and payee services
  • Legal services
  • Child care services
  • Housing counseling services

Learn more about VA’s SSVF Program.

The following is a list of Washington state SSVF grantees:

Organization Name

Amount Awarded

Organization Address

Area Served

Blue Mountain Action Council

$696,963

342 Catherine, Walla Walla, WA 99362

Blue Mountain Action Council plans to serve approximately 325 participant households in seven counties in state of Washington, four counties in Oregon, and four counties in Idaho; including 3 tribal communities.

Young Women's Christian Association of Seattle-King County Snohomish County

$431,958

1118 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

YWCA of Seattle plans to serve approximately 120 participant households in Puget Sound in Washington State and King County.

Catholic Community Services of western Washington

$780,956

100 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington plans to serve approximately 400 participant households in Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish, and King Counties.

Catholic Charities of Yakima

$107,044

2139 Van Giesen Street, Richland, WA 99354

Catholic Charities of Yakima plans to serve approximately 20 participant households in Benton and Franklin Counties.

Community Psychiatric Clinic

$510,063

11000 Lake City Way NE, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98125

Community Psychiatric Clinic plans to serve approximately 120 participant households in King County.

Opportunity Council

$684,062

1111 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Opportunity Council plans to serve approximately 275 participant households in the Counties of Clallam, Jefferson, Island, Skagit and Whatcom.