Catholic Charities Receives Grant to Assist Veteran Families

Author: Catholic Charities Published:

Catholic Charities has received a grant totaling $184,300 to serve veterans and their families in 2018. The grant was awarded through the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and will help the agency provide homeless prevention and rapid-rehousing through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) project.

The goal of the project is housing stability and an end to homelessness for veteran families. Once housing stabilization is achieved, Catholic Charities works closely with other community organizations that prevent and end homelessness in the Wichita-Sedgwick County Continuum of Care (COC) to link veterans to additional services.

In 2016, the project assisted 181 veteran households. During that year, the SSVF project became an essential part of the COC, which saw a 22 percent decrease in veteran homelessness.

SSVF project services include:

  • Housing counseling and case management
  • Links to mainstream and veterans' benefits
  • Life-skills training and mentoring
  • Credit repair and counseling
  • Childcare assistance
  • Landlord/tenant mediation
  • Temporary financial assistance

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for Catholic Charities' SSVF project, an individual or his/her spouse must:

  • Be single or part of a family in which the head of the household, or spouse, is a veteran;
  • Have discharge status other than dishonorable;
  • Make less than 50% of area median income (AMI);
  • Be at risk of losing housing or currently homeless; and
  • Reside in 25 county service area which include Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Labette, Marion, McPherson, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson.

Apply by Contacting:

St. Anthony Family Shelter
256 N. Ohio Avenue
Wichita, KS 67214

Phone: 316-264-7233