Pathways Community Health received funding to provide housing assistance and referrals for mental health and addiction recovery services in Texas 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 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. 

Officials said 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.”

Here is the program eligibility:

•Individual/head of the household or his/her spouse must be a U.S. 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 Texas County.

For more information or a pre-screening assessment, call 888-403-1071. The website is

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