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Pathways to help homeless vets in Pettis County

January 20, 2014

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Pathways-Community-Behavioural-Healthcare-IncPathways Community Health has received funding to provide housing assistance and referrals for mental health and addiction recovery services in Pettis County through the Supported Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Pathways’ SSVF program will assist veterans in finding and maintaining housing, benefits, and other supportive services including mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Funding for this program is through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in an effort to help the large amount of homeless veterans across America.

Veteran homelessness has become an epidemic in the United States. According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans 13 percent of homeless adults are veterans, 50 percent of homeless veterans have a serious mental illness, and 70 percent have substance abuse problems.

There are many reasons veterans become homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of trauma they experienced while serving in the armed forces.

“This is a great addition to the Pathways continuum of care,” said Jeff Bozarth, SSVF program manager for Pathways, “Many of the communities we serve have homeless veterans that we can help live a better life.”

SSVF Program Eligibility:

• Individual/head of the household OR his/her Spouse must be a United States Veteran who served in active military, naval, or air services, discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

• Must fall below 50 percent of area median income

• Must be at risk of becoming homeless OR currently homeless

• Must reside or plan to reside in Pettis County

If you are a veteran or you know someone who is a veteran in Pettis County the SSVF program is available. For more information or a pre-screening assessment, call 1-888-403-1071. For more information about Pathways and its services, visit them online at www.pathwaysonline.org.

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