VOC Renews Supportive Services Program
VETERANS OUTREACH CENTER RENEWS SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS VETERANS ACROSS WESETERN NEW YORK WITH $2.1 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT
Rochester, NY- Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. of Rochester has again been selected as a leading agency of supportive services that promote housing stability with the 2014 renewal of the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant. Grant monies awarded to VOC in the amount of $2,110,870 will be used to support the program first funded in 2011.
Approximately one half of this total award ($1,084,159) will fund services available through the VOC offices of Rochester on South Avenue, specifically available to veterans and veteran families of Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Ontario, and Wayne counties. The remaining funds ($1,026,711) will benefit programs available to veterans and veteran families of Erie and Niagara counties, through a partnership with the Veterans One Stop Center of Western New York in Buffalo and regional collaborative partners.
VOC’s SSVF portfolio of supportive services is designed to ensure that at-risk very low income veterans and families are able to access tailored comprehensive supportive services to prevent homelessness through rapid re-housing, time limited financial assistance, and more long-term supportive resources leading to overall well-being and stability.
“The program allows the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester and Buffalo, NY, to provide case management, rent payment assistance and security deposits to help veterans get back on their feet. It also helps to shelter homeless veterans who are transitioning into permanent housing, “ says VOC Executive Director Todd Baxter. “I would like to thank our local federal representatives for having faith in the Veterans Outreach Center by decentralizing these monies so that the local community can take care of our local veterans.”
It is expected that 650 veteran families in the greater Rochester area will be served by this funded program, and 520 greater Buffalo area veteran families. VOC’s assigned staff and collaborative partnerships (as indicated below) are able to address needs in the following categories:
- Veterans’ benefits counseling (NYS leveraged benefits advisors)
- Legal Assistance (Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.)
- Personal financial planning & income support services
- Limited Financial Assistance (Coordinated Care Services, Inc. Housing Resource)
- Housing assistance (Rochester Housing Council)
- Peer-to-peer, Veteran-to-veteran services (Compeer Corps)
- Referrals to community partners (Social Security, MCDHS Continuum of Social Services, VA Medical Center)