FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne non-profit Brightpoint provides a program for homeless or near homeless veterans to find housing and provides financial and VA benefit assistance.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness across the country has been nearly cut in half since 2010. Brightpoint has assisted over 500 veterans in northern Indiana with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
SSVF helps veterans locate and secure stable housing, provides temporary financial assistance with rent, security and utility deposits, and other housing related costs; and provides assistance with obtaining VA benefits such as vocational and rehabilitation counseling, employment and training services, and education.
The program is open to veterans who are living on the streets, in homeless shelters, or who have received an eviction notice. Candidates also cannot have been dishonorably discharged. Brightpoint will also work with veterans whose housing concerns do not meet the criteria for SSVF to connect them to other assistance when it is available.