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Supporting Housing Stability for Veterans Families


  • Housing stability among very low-income veterans and their families needs to be improved.
  • Abt is increasing SSVF grantees’ ability to provide successful supportive service programs.
  • This work builds on Abt’s technical assistance to HUD's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.
The Challenge

Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) is a Veterans Administration program that provides grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives to promote housing stability among very low-income veterans and their families.  

The Approach

Abt Associates, in partnership with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC), is providing technical assistance to increase SSVF grantees’ ability to establish and operate successful supportive service programs for veteran families who are either currently homeless or about to lose their housing. TAC and Abt are developing a high quality, comprehensive core curriculum that will serve as a strong foundation for program development, operations and program improvement. Abt, in partnership with Atlas Research LLC, is also helping to monitor the performance of SSVF grantees.   At the same time, Abt is taking the lead on developing a program evaluation component that will document grantee performance and nationwide progress and institute quality improvements to assure program compliance and performance. 

The Results

This technical assistance work for SSVF builds on Abt’s lead role in providing technical assistance for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program from 2009 through 2012. The practice standards that Abt is developing for SSVF are based in part on experience with HUD’s homelessness prevention program. Learn more: