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“There’s No Place Like Home”

Dubuque, Delaware, and Jackson County Homeless Stand Down

Hillcrest Family Services and Iowa Works are sponsoring a Stand Down for Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware counties on September 28th from 10-2pm at the Dubuque Masonic Temple, 1155 Locust Street.

A Veterans round table was held in June and it was decided that we additionally open this event up to any person/family that does not have stable permanent housing, not just Veterans.

There will be Veteran specific information there as well as providers. The goal is to get needs take care of that day. There will be a hot meal, haircuts, confidential basic medical services (including HIV/Hepatitis C screenings), Veteran benefit assistance, employment assistance, and clothing/vouchers/personal hygiene items - all free!

Operation Home, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), a program of Hillcrest, was started in 2010 by President Obama to end veteran homelessness. AND it is WORKING!!! From 2011 to 2016 veteran homelessness has decreased by 46%!

SSVF is a rapid rehousing program for veterans and veteran's households that meet the following requirements:

• Must have be a Veteran or have a Veteran in the household

• Must have at least one day of active duty

• Meet income guidelines

• Can serve any discharge status other than dishonorable

Once a Veteran is enrolled in the program they are eligible for assistance including help with rent, utility assistance, a new bed, and possibly provide vehicle repair assistance. This along with case management, providing connections to Veterans benefits (The VA) and community based services provides the client/family with the tools to obtain and maintain stable permanent housing.

Since the beginning of the FY 2017 Hillcrest SSVF has housed over 35 veterans (this number does not include the family members housed as well) in stable, permanent housing.

For more information about the Stand Down or the SSVF program, please contact Ginger Schoop at ginger.schoop@hillcrest-fs.org or call 563.219.6687.

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