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A landmark 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that there were 6,079 Veteran suicides nationally that year and that 132 of them were in Wisconsin. Further, it was discovered that suicide rates are 1.5 times higher for Veterans and that there was an average of 17 Veteran suicides per day in 2017.
As a permanent supportive housing community, one of our primary functions at Valere Veterans Housing is to assist with access to behavioral health and wellness services.
Valere Veterans Housing directs tenants to voluntary support services that help Veterans with specific health care and mental health treatment, along with employment services. Among these groups are:
Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. (CVI)
The Center for Veterans Issues is a Milwaukee-based non-profit organization that addresses the many needs of Veterans transitioning into civilian life. CVI helps to improve the lives of those who have already transitioned and the lives of their families. Their advocacy is community-based, and their services range from employment and education outreach to housing and case management.
HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
HUD-VASH is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing that primarily places its focus on homeless Veterans. Through this program, HUD supports eligible Veterans with vouchers that assist with the rental of private homes.
HUD-VASH also works with Veterans on other personal services, such as mental health care, substance abuse, and physical wellness.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF Program)
SSVF assists homeless Veterans and Veterans who are imminently at-risk for homelessness to obtain permanent, safe, and affordable housing. The SSVF program assigns case managers to eligible Veterans to assist with VA benefits, employment opportunities, legal needs, and other objectives. It also partners with Valere Veterans Housing to help provide support for very low-income Veterans and their families in times of crisis.
There are eligibility requirements for the SSVF program, which include:
- identification as a Veteran, or as a member of the family of which the Veteran is the head of the household, and
- a condition of being “very low income,” which means that participants do not meet 50% of median area income. Community median income is established by HUD using qualifications for Section 8 housing under the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f).
Through the SSVF program, Veterans can receive temporary assistance for: