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HOMELESS VETERANS: Murray Announces More Than $7 Million for Homeless Prevention in Washington

Jul 11 2013

Nine WA non-profit community agencies will receive homeless prevention grants through VA program

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Housing Appropriations Subcommittee and senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced that nine state non-profit community agencies will receive more than $7 million in federal funding 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.  Senator 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

More about VA’s SSVF Program.

The following is a list of Washington state SSVF grantees:


Community Psychiatric Clinic


Community Psychiatric Clinic will serve approximately 210 participant households in King County.


Opportunity Council


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


Catholic Community Services of Western Washington


Catholic Community Services of Western Washington will serve approximately 400 participant households in Pierce, Washington, Thurston, Snohomish, and Keane Counties.


YWCA of Seattle - King County-Snohomish County


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


Catholic Charities of Yakima


Catholic Charities of Yakima will serve approximately 30 participant households in Benton and Franklin Counties.


Metropolitan Development Council


Metropolitan Development Council will serve approximately 330 participant households in Pierce, Cowlitz, Lewis, Wahkiakum, and Pacific Counties.


Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest


Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest will serve approximately 325 participant households in Spokane City and County.


Blue Mountain Action Council


Blue Mountain Action Council will serve approximately 250 participant households in seven counties in the state of Washington, four counties in Oregon, and four counties in Idaho; including 3 tribal communities.


Transition Projects, Inc.


Transition Projects, Inc. will serve approximately 80 participant households in Washington and Clackamas Counties in Oregon and Clark County, Washington - the Portland Metropolitan Area.