Supportive Services for Veteran Families                                  (SSVF)

(757) 858-1360


STOP’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) following the “Housing First” model, aims to promote and improve housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who are either at risk of homelessness or are literally homeless.


The immediate and primary goal of the “Housing First” approach centers on assisting individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing.  Benefits of this intensive case management approach  yields additional supportive services designed to  address all barriers which have the potential of impeding each families ability to remain permanently housed. This model is consistent with what most people who are experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.


 A "Housing First" approach rests on the belief that helping people access and sustain permanent, affordable housing should be the central goal of our work with people experiencing homelessness. By providing housing assistance, case management and supportive services responsive to individual or family needs (time-limited or long-term) after an individual or family is housed, communities can significantly reduce the time people experience homelessness and prevent further episodes of homelessness. A central tenet of the Housing First approach is that social services to enhance individual and family well-being can be more effective when people are in their own home. (Excerpt from National Alliance to End Homelessness SOLUTIONS BRIEF/November 27, 2006)


Service Delivery Areas:

  • Chesapeake

  • Eastern Shore

  • Franklin

  • Isle of Wight County

  • Norfolk

  • Portsmouth

  • Southampton County

  • Suffolk

  • Virginia Beach


What does an ELIGIBLE Veteran family look like?

  • Gross Income 30% or below of Area Media Income (AMI)

  • Must have served at least 1 day active duty(not basic training/school/reserve national guard unless activated by presidential orders to serve in another state/country)

  • Qualifying Veteran cannot have a dishonorable discharge status