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"Connection to Income: Benefits Payments through VA and SSA"

August 5, 2014


Homeless veteran service providers, especially HVRP grantees and SSVF grantees with employment personnel, recognize the critical connection between a viable income and housing stability. Homeless veterans may be rapidly connected to housing, but they are better able to stay in housing when they are earning a livable wage. While placement in competitive employment may be the ultimate goal, service providers can utilize benefits payments to help homeless veterans find stability while they are seeking and even after obtaining employment.

On August 5, 2014, the TA Center made available a webinar titled “Connection to Income: Benefits Payments through VA and SSA”. This webinar helped local community agencies better connect their homeless veteran consumers to benefits from both the VA and Social Security Administration. Experts shared strategies for engaging more substantially with their VSOs and community partners. Information from this webinar also included how to navigate the sometimes complicated connection between disability benefits and employment.

Participants in this webinar learned how local VSOs can help rapidly connect homeless veterans to their benefits and services and how to incorporate SSA benefits acquisition efforts into programs serving veterans using the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) model. This training also outlined Social Security disability criteria and how they differ from VA benefit criteria with guidance on how SSA and VA benefits impact one another.

HVRP grantees and their partners were encouraged to participate in this webinar. In advance of this training, grantees were able to benefit by reviewing the following resources:

Please access the following links for more on the "Connection to Income: Benefits Payments through VA and SSA" webinar:

1730 M Street NW, Suite 705  |  Washington, DC  |  20036  |  t-f. 1.800.VET.HELP  |  v. 202.546.1969  |  f. 202.546.2063  |