Through the GCVF Housing & Financial Assistance program, our ultimate goal is to reduce feelings of dislocation by connecting local veterans to essential services, helping them to find suitable housing, and optimizing self-sufficiency among the individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Securing our veteran population in order to reduce homelessness is beneficial for both our local veterans and our community as a whole.
It’s an unfortunate circumstance that many veterans who return home are unable to afford housing. At GCVF, we feel strongly about the well-being and livelihood of veterans in our community; therefore, through our Housing & Financial Assistance program, we aim to help transitioning and currently homeless veterans find suitable housing. We accomplish this by in a variety of ways:
- Partnering with local landlords in order to secure affordable housing options.
- Coordinating with VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) to promote access to mainstream programs targeting homelessness.
- Collaborating with Continuum of Care, a program available through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exchange, as well as, other local government agencies that offer assistance for low-income and homeless Veterans.
- Dedicating a great deal of time to the application process for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers. VASH vouchers are awarded based on geographic need and the administrative performance of the public housing agency (PHA).
- Financial Coaching. The Armed Forces Services Corporation provides financial coaching to veterans for free. Call Lucia Trujillo at (805) 335-0383 to make an appointment.
If you know a homeless veteran in the Ventura County area, please contact us. We can assist in arranging housing at a transitional house or homeless facility. Please call our Veterans Connection at (805) 482-6550