Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) provides financial and support services to veterans and veteran families that are homeless or imminently at-risk of being homeless through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

Through the SSVF Program, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island aims to improve very low-income Veteran families’ housing stability by providing eligible individual veterans and veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits.
In addition, OSDRI may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veterans’ families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.

SSVF Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for SSVF homelessness prevention assistance, each of the following VA conditions must be met. Note that OSDRI may require additional eligibility criteria in addition to the VA criteria listed below.

1. A member of a Veteran family: Applicant households must either be a Veteran or a member of a family in which the head of household, or the spouse of the head of household, is a Veteran. A Veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval, air service, Merchant Marines, or was activated by Presidential order and served in another state or country while in the National Guard or Reserves, and who was discharged or released wherefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. Individuals who received a “dishonorable” discharge are ineligible for HVRP services.

2. Very low-income: Household gross annual income does not exceed 50% of area median income based on the income limits most recently published at
http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il.html.

3. Literally Homeless or Imminently at-risk of literal homelessness: Applicant households must (1) be imminently losing their primary nighttime residence, (2) have no other residence, and (3) not have sufficient resources or support networks, e.g., family, friends, faith-based or other social networks, immediately available to prevent them from becoming literally homeless. To further qualify for services under category 1, the grantee must (4) document that the participant meets at least one of the following conditions:

a) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;

b) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;

c) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated.

d) Lives in a hotel or motel and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State, or local government programs for low-income individuals;

e) Is exiting a publicly funded institution, or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, or correctional institution) without a stable housing plan;

f) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved screening tool.

All veterans in need who meet the above criteria, or those assisting such a veteran, are encouraged to call Operation Stand Down Rhode Island at 1-800-861-8387 and ask to speak with an SSVF case manager. If you are unsure as to eligibility please do not hesitate to call.