Our Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) is funded by the US Department of Labor. We work with veterans to secure employment, refer individuals to the Veterans Administration for benefits, and provide transitional or permanent housing to veteran households. Separation from the services, an event unique to veterans, is a major life change that may precipitate homelessness when the service person is insufficiently prepared for civilian life. Difficulty readjusting to civilian life frequently precedes a period of homelessness. Lack of employment, or underemployment, has also put housing out of reach for many veterans.
“Housing for Texas Heroes” funding from the Texas Veterans Commission allows Front Steps to diversify services currently provided to very low-income, homeless Veterans and their families. This project will work alongside and provide services not currently provided by “Supportive Services for Veterans/Families” (SSVF) funding from the VA. Our SSVF program focuses on intensive case management to help participants increase their ability to sustain permanent housing and reach their greatest potential. Housing Stability Specialists work with Veterans to identify housing stability goals such as locating affordable rental housing, obtaining or maintaining employment, budgeting, or applying for Veterans Administration (VA) and public benefits. We have funding for short term, rapid rehousing assistance to very low-income veteran families to obtain stable permanent housing and temporary financial assistance to veteran’s households for some expenses relating to housing stability. Department of Labor funding for our “Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program” allows us to provide job training and placement services that allows Veterans to secure and maintain stable housing.
Services for Veterans and their families are based out of our Veterans Services Office at 2211 South IH35 Suite 301 Austin, TX 78741.