Columbia VA Health Care System
VA Announces $5.3 Million in SSVF Grants for S.C. Veterans
August 7, 2020
VA awards $5.3 million in grants to end Veteran homelessness in South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it awarded more than $5.38 million under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to three non-profit organizations in South Carolina. A list of grantees is available at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.
SSVF funding provides thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation with access to case management and other assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.
“Ending Veteran homelessness remains one of our top priorities at the Columbia VA,” said David Omura, director and chief executive officer for the Columbia VA Health Care System. “Through clinical services and other programs like SSVF, we are working diligently to end Veteran homelessness.”
The SSVF program has proven to be remarkably effective in helping low-income Veterans and their families overcome housing crises by offering temporary assistance to eligible Veterans.
This year, VA’s SSVF grants went to 266 nonprofits in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Through SSVF, VA served more than 105,156 individuals, including 70,524 Veterans and 20,608 children nationally in Fiscal Year 2019. As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness has been cut in half since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.
Visit www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp to learn more about the SSVF program.
About the Columbia VA:
The Columbia VA Health Care System comprises the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and seven community-based outpatient clinics located throughout South Carolina in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter; serving more than 85,000 veterans in 36 of 46 counties in South Carolina. The Columbia VA is a level 1C teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Media: For queries or more information, please email vhaCMSDORNpa@va.gov or call Columbia VA Public Affairs at (803) 776-4000 extension: 1-6519.