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Jeff Cook, 52, never imagined he would be near homeless. The Greenfield, Ind. Air Force veteran had nowhere to go after being released from jail. He turned to a program offered at HVAF of Indiana for help.
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program serves veterans and their families who are in eviction status or literally homeless. SSVF is a temporary program (90 days) that helps families by providing case management and housing assistance. The program also helps connect families to community resources that will enable them to maintain permanent housing. The goal of the program is to help veterans become self-sufficient.
|Jeff relies on HVAF’s SSVF program|
On May 1, Jeff called Tisha Jenkins, SSVF’s case manager for Hancock County. Jeff learned that he qualified for assistance through the SSVF program.
The SSVF program was able to assist with the security deposit, first month’s rent and securing energy services in his name for his new apartment in Greenfield.
“I felt relieved and grateful,” says Jeff. “I felt like weight has been lifted and I have hope.”
Jeff is currently employed and with the help of the SSVF program and is now able to financially support himself. He also has money to save at the end each month after paying his bills. Jeffrey is a prime example of what the SSVF Program is about and how it can help veterans overcome the struggle of homelessness.
If you know of a veteran in need of help, please call us at 317-951-0688.