Supportive Services for Veteran Families


photo courtesy U.S. Marines

As more veterans continue to struggle when they return from war and leave the service, Volunteers of America is here to provide a short-term safety net for very low-income veterans and their families. Through emotional and financial support, we can prevent homelessness and help veterans in transition to find safe, stable housing.

Who is eligible?

Veterans and their families – a single person or family in which the head of household or their spouse is a veteran with an honorable discharge.

Very low income – household income must not exceed 50% of the area median income

Occupying permanent housing – a) living in permanent, rental housing b) homeless and scheduled to move into permanent housing within 90 days or c) have exited permanent housing in the previous 90 days to seek another place to live.

North Louisiana and Southern Arkansas – Volunteers of America will assist those veterans living in the Shreveport-Bossier-Minden area and those in the Texarkana area.

Who can refer clients?

Anyone who works with veterans: Department of Veterans Affairs, social service agencies, Department of Defense veterans offices, law enforcement agencies and others.

What services are offered?

We will offer case management services and temporary assistance which could include

Health care services Transportation assistance
Housing counseling Rental/utility payments
Daily living services Legal services
Credit counseling Child care assistance
Security deposits Emergency supplies

What is the time limit for services?

Time limits depend on the services but range from 3 to 9 months.

How does a veteran apply?

The SSVF office is located at 458 Herndon, Shreveport LA 71104. It can also be reached at (318) 221-2669 x305 or if you are out of area 1-800-222-3196. Veterans should bring their DD-214 form and proof of income when applying.