Program Extended to Northwestern Missouri

Kansas City, MO (November 12, 2012) – The Salvation Army’s Kansas and Western Missouri Division has been awarded two Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants by the Department of Veteran Affairs to address homelessness among veterans and their families, throughout the state of Kansas and in northwestern Missouri, including Kansas City and St. Joseph. This is the second year for The Salvation Army’s SSVF grant in Kansas and the first SSVF grant for northwestern Missouri.

In 2011, The Salvation Army’s SSVF program in Kansas served a total of 394 individuals in 235 veteran households.  “The first year of the SSVF program in Kansas was a huge success,” said Debra Fester, veterans and recovery services coordinator for The Salvation Army, Kansas and Western Missouri division. “85% of those served were at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and over 94% of those assisted were placed in stable permanent housing.”  In May of 2012, the program was recognized by the Kansas State House of Representatives for assisting low-income Veterans and families in obtaining and maintaining stable housing.

The SSVF program assists very low-income veterans and their families in obtaining and maintaining stable housing.  Supportive services include case management, housing counseling, linkage to VA/mainstream benefits/services, temporary financial assistance to address housing barriers, life skills training, budgeting, job preparation, credit repair/budget counseling, transportation assistance, landlord/tenant mediation, and peer mentoring from veteran staff.  Eligibility requirements include:

  • Individual/Head of household or his/her spouse must be a U.S. veteran who served in active military, navel, or air service and discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; And
  • Below 50% of Area Median Income for their location; And
  • At risk of becoming homeless within 14 days OR currently homeless (as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the Hearth Act).

If you have additional questions about The Salvation Army’s SSVF programs, please contact:

Rachel Geary, The Salvation Army SSVF Northwest Missouri Program Manager,

Rachel_Geary@usc.salvationarmy.org or (816) 756-2769.

Sophia Stachofsky, The Salvation Army SSVF Kansas Program Manager,

Sophia_Stachofsky@usc.salvationarmy.org or (816) 756-2769.

Debra Fester, The Salvation Army Divisional Veterans & Recovery Services Coordinator, Debra_Fester@usc.salvationarmy.org or (816) 756-2769.

Additional information is also available at http://salarmymokan.org/services/veterans-assistance/ or www.facebook.com/VeteransSupportiveServices.