Spokane program seeking homeless veterans

A local program is having a hard time finding homeless veterans who need a helping hand.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families, or SSVF, came to Spokane in October 2013 through the Goodwill. Goodwill also partners with Volunteers of America and Transitions in this program.

SSVF focuses on going out into the community and finding veterans a stable home.

This year, SSVF has $1.3 million to help 250 homeless veterans in rural Spokane.

So far, they've only been able to help 33.

In the city of Spokane, SSVF has about $987,000 to help the homeless veterans.

So far, they've helped 57.

"It is a bit of a challenge for us to find those veterans that we wanted to connect with," said Heather Alexander, director of marketing and fund development for Goodwill.

"Veterans really honestly believe if they're eligible for VA medical, they get no services. There's been a lot of changes in the VA system, and that's not the case anymore. So SSVF has a lot of varying services that they can offer that they don't beleive they're eligible for," said Fawn Schott, general manager for grant funded programs at Goodwill.

The SSVF team is hoping to raise awareness that they have the money and resources to help homeless veterans in the Spokane region.

"They give them a hotline, they call right here directly to Goodwill and say 'Hey I've got somebody who I think is a veteran right here with me can you go ahead and assess them right now,'" said Alexander.

The SSVF Outreach Hotline: 509-828-2449

For more information on SSVF click here: http://discovergoodwill.org/Veterans