Men and women who have served our country should never find themselves homeless or fearful of becoming homeless. Caritas of Austin is committed to ensuring that every local veteran has a permanent home and the resources in place to achieve stability and self-sufficiency in the civilian chapter of their life.

 

Austin Has Solved Veteran Homelessness

Since 2011, Caritas of Austin has been committed to solving veteran homelessness. We strongly believe that anyone who has served our country should not be without a place to call home. In the past five years, we have served 479 veteran households with the help of our amazing supporters who have risen to the challenge to solve veteran homelessness.These supporters include donors, volunteers, social service providers, elected officials, and members of the private sector. 

On August 19, 2016 Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced that veteran homelessness in Austin has been "functionally ended", which means we are currently housing more veterans than those who are being identified as homeless.There is a system in place that has housed chronically homeless veterans and has the capacity to house veterans who fall into homelessness in the future. This accomplishment would not have been possible without a collaborative effort between community partners. Caritas of Austin remains committed to serving the veterans of central Texas, so that any veteran who falls into homelessness in the future has access to the services they need. 

 

Supportive Services For Veteran Families

Caritas of Austin's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (SSVF) is designed to increase the housing stability of veteran families that are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Services provided through SSVF are based on household need and may include:

• Temporary financial assistance to acquire or maintain permanent housing
• Case management providing an organized, structured process for moving participants through the process of change toward the goal of self-sufficiency
• Housing location services
• Job readiness and employment services
• Financial Literacy, Life Skills, and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities education
• Assistance in obtaining VA and other public benefits

To receive supportive services through the SSVF program you must meet all of the following criteria:

• Reside in Travis, Williamson, or Bastrop County
• Have a household income less than 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) (See income chart)
• Be a member of a Veteran family (single individual or multi-person household)
• Have a discharge status other than dishonorable
 
Caritas of Austin's SSVF team

For eligibility screening, please use Coordinated Assessment. Learn more HERE.

 

 This program is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.