News
 
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017
Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet
973-463-9600, ext. 303

Hope for Veterans Program to House Homeless Veterans and their Families Expands to Six New Counties in PA

Now Serving Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon, Luzerne, and Wayne.
Program Prevents Homelessness and Rapidly Re-Houses Homeless Veteran Households


Allentown, PA – Community Hope dba Hope for Veterans® is expanding our Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program to help veteran households struggling with homelessness in Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon, Luzerne and Wayne Counties in PA. Through this expansion, Hope for Veterans will provide rapid re-housing and other essential services to veterans struggling with homelessness in 13 Eastern Pennsylvania counties and 15 New Jersey counties. The nonprofit organization, which is the leading organization in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey serving homeless veterans, expects to serve as many as 1,500 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families this year.

SSVF staff provide wrap-around services to quickly secure housing for homeless veterans and to help the family achieve housing stability for the longer term. The program also aids veterans facing eviction from rental housing and who are at imminent risk of losing their housing without any other means of support. Funding for the Hope for Veterans® SSVF Program has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The SSVF Program also serves homeless and at-risk veteran households in Bucks, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Lackawanna, Pike and Wyoming Counties, where Hope for Veterans has rescued nearly 1,000 veterans and their family members from homelessness. In New Jersey, the program aids veterans and their families in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Ocean and Warren Counties.

Housing Placement, Services and Financial Aid for Homeless Veterans and Their Families
Veterans enrolled in the SSVF Program are eligible for a range of financial assistance and supportive services to help them avoid eviction and to rapidly re-house them if they have become recently homeless. Financial assistance to the veteran and their family can include help with back rent or utility payments for families struggling to remain in their homes. For veteran families who have lost their housing, SSVF can provide financial aid with rental and utility security deposits and initial rental payments.

Hope for Veterans support services range from assistance with transportation; child care; employment services; linkage to medical care, behavioral healthcare and recovery services for veterans experiencing PTSD and other effects of combat; and other services to help the veterans and their family re-establish financial stability and self-sufficiency.

The organization also operates a Veterans Drop-In Center in Allentown, where veterans can receive assistance with Job Placement, Budgeting, Housing, SOAR applications, Mental Health Recovery & more. The Drop-in Center is located at 2895 Hamilton Boulevard, Suite 207, Allentown, PA and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.

Community Hope CEO J. Michael Armstrong said his nonprofit expects to help as many as one thousand veteran families avert or overcome homelessness in the year ahead.

“This is a pro-active approach to helping our veterans and their families who have already sacrificed so much,” said Armstrong. “We are proud to be on the cutting edge of ensuring that those who honorably served our country do not fall into poverty, despair and homelessness.”

Armstrong reports that the veteran families his agency has served range from young soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to war veterans in their nineties. He explained that these families have been threatened by homelessness for various reasons, including returning soldiers unable to find jobs with a live-able wage to support themselves and their families to combat veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and other war injuries.

Recent National Award Cites Community Hope’s Work to End Veteran Homelessness
In the past twelve years, Community Hope has been at the forefront of working to address the issue of homelessness among veterans. The organization has received national awards for its groundbreaking work, including having been selected for the Home Depot Foundation’s and the National Council of Homeless Veterans’ (NCHV) awards competition at the national conference in Washington, D.C. and became the first recipient of the national Pete Dougherty Award for Excellence in Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans. The nonprofit organization was cited for its outstanding contributions to the national campaign to end veteran homelessness in the United States.

Veteran families in need of assistance through Community Hope’s SSVF Program should call their veterans referral hotline at 1-855-483-8466 or email SSVF@communityhope-nj.org.

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