The Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO) have received a $626,440 grant to continue its services that help low-income veterans in Texas and other southern Missouri counties.
The funding is for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program, which helps veterans who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. CCSOMO provides them with case management services and temporary financial assistance for rent and utilities, security deposits, moving costs, child care, emergency supplies and transportation. Additionally, the organization engages in outreach to find veterans in need and assists them in obtaining VA and other public benefits.
The CCSOMO service includes the 36 southernmost counties in Missouri with the exception of Greene, Christian and Webster counties, which are served through another non-profit agency. SSVF case managers work from offices in Joplin, Springfield, Van Buren, Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau.
Since CCSOMO began its SSVF program in December 2014, it has served 344 individuals in 238 households –– the majority who were homeless and lacked family connections or community resources to help them find stable housing.