Resources for Our Veterans
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
The goal of SSVF Programs is to improve the housing stability of veteran families. Programs provide outreach and case management services, and assist participants in obtaining VA benefits and other public benefits, which include:
Under the SSVF program, the VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.
Multiple grantees are currently providing services to eligible veteran families.
Stand Down Listings
Stand Downs are one part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.
The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.
Click here to view the calendar showing the upcoming Stand Down events. Shelter may not always be provided at the events so make sure to contact the event coordinator in order to confirm there is shelter available if needed.
Veteran Service Officers
Veteran Service Officers are trained and accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to veterans, their dependents, and survivors. This includes not only applying for federal and state benefits but also providing resources related to the following:
Be sure to visit Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors to find a veteran service officer in your county.
Michigan's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Also check out this website for more information about programs and services available to assist our veterans.