If you are a veteran, there currently are rental assistance funds being made available through the Supportive Services for Veterans with Families (SSVF) housing program that is run and managed by HOPE Atlanta.
The SSVF Program offers supportive and/or temporary financial assistance to eligible veterans who would, but for SSVF assistance, be homeless or remain homeless. Temporary financial assistance may include rental assistance, utility payments, security/utility deposits, moving costs, transportation and general emergency expenses.
Local Veteran Service Organizations, including the American Legion Post 45 in Canton, the Canton VFW Post 5262 and the American Legion Post 316 in Woodstock, are looking to help veterans in need of rental assistance navigate this and other rental assistance program, American Legion Post 45 Service Officer Jim Lindenmayer said in a statement.
“The SSVF program has a well-defined process for applying and qualifying for this program,” he added.
Veterans seeking assistance through the program must meet the following criteria:
♦ Not exceed 2020 AMI Income Limits for “Very Low Income” (50 percent of the median).
♦ Be homeless or at imminent risk of losing their housing. Veterans at imminent risk of losing their housing must also meet the requirements of a secondary screening process designed to prioritize those most at risk.
♦ Be willing to participate in case management.
♦ Not currently receiving assistance from another agency for the same services.
♦ Have served in the United States regular military and do not have a dishonorable or bad conduct (with general court martial) discharge status from the military. Veterans that served in the reserves or National Guard must have been called up for active duty by an order of the President.
The goal for the VSOs is to connect with Cherokee County veterans and help facilitate the documentation gathering and qualification process as soon as possible.
“We are working with HOPE Atlanta’s intake team to see how we can streamline the SSVF process to identify what type and how much rental assistance can be obtained for veterans and for their landlords through this program,” Lindenmayer said.
VFW Post 5262 Service Officer John Bruss added, “We want all veterans in need of rental assistance to be able to take care of their families during the COVID crisis, and we want them to understand that we are here to help them, regardless if the veteran belongs to any VSO. Veterans have sacrificed so much during their time in service, and now it is our time to help pay it forward.”
If you are a veteran and in need of rental assistance, Lindenmayer can be contacted at 678-983-7590 or email@example.com, Bruss can be reached at 678-880-6197 and Service Officer Mike Satterly with American Legion Post 316 in Woodstock can be contacted at 404-680-2412.