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Veterans Benefits Recipients Will Get Coronavirus Stimulus Payments
Dear Community Leader, Please share the following information with your family, friends and neighbors.
The Internal Revenue Service announced that recipients of VA benefits will automatically receive coronavirus stimulus payments.
Veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part. Timing on the payments is still being determined.
The IRS has also done the same for individuals receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement benefits. Many people in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month, with SSI payments expected to start in early May.

NOTE: Extra Step Needed for Benefits Recipients with Children

The IRS said that benefits recipients who have qualifying dependents will need to take an extra step to ensure they get the additional $500 payment per child.
The law provides eligible taxpayers with qualifying children under age 17 to receive an extra $500. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic.
However, many benefit recipients typically aren’t required to file tax returns. If they have children who qualify, an extra step is needed to add $500 per child onto their automatic payment of $1,200 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.
For those who receive these benefits – including VA, Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI – and have a qualifying child, they can quickly register by visiting “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” available on the irs.gov website. For those who can use this tool as soon as possible, they may be able to get earlier delivery of the child payments by having these added to their automatic payments.

NOTE: Do NOT use (“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info”) tool if you will be filing a 2019 return. If you are required to file a return, using this tool will NOT speed up your Economic Impact Payment and will likely slow down processing of your tax return and receiving any refund.

We deeply appreciate the sacrifices and service to our country by each and every veteran and their families.
We are in this together and dedicated to providing a source of stability in these uncertain times. Together, we will pull through this and emerge stronger.
Thank you for ALL you do, and please stay Safe, stay Strong, and stay @ Home!!!

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What is the HUD-VASH Program?

The HUD-VASH program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) program to help homeless veterans and their immediate families find and maintain affordable, safe, and permanent housing in the community.

If you need assistance with NJ HUD-VASH, call (908) 647-0180, Ext 6654

HUD-VASH Eligibility Criteria

The HUD-VASH program is for veterans who:

  • are eligible for VA health care services;
  • are currently and chronically homeless;
  • have a need for ongoing case management because of medical, mental health, substance abuse, or other life problems that are now stabilized;
  • are ready for independent housing in the community but need ongoing case management services to maintain it;
  • have some type of income to pay for their housing;
  • are motivated to improve the quality of their lives by working with a VA case manager and participate in activities that promote independence.
NOTE: Veterans and immediate family members subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program are not eligible for HUD-VASH because they will not be able to obtain a Section 8 housing voucher.

What is the SSVF Program?

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program was established in 2011 to promote housing stability among homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that can provide a range of supportive services to eligible very low-income Veteran families. Services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and help in accessing and coordinating other public benefits. SSVF grantees can also make time-limited temporary payments on behalf of Veterans to cover rent, utilities, security deposits and moving and storage costs, transportation and childcare.

SSVF Eligibility Criteria

  1. Veteran must have at least one day of active duty in the armed forces.  Veteran’s discharge status can be anything but dishonorable. Status can be medical, general, under honorable conditions and other than honorable.
  2. Veteran’s Household income must be at no more than 50% of the Median Area Income.
  3. Veteran also must be facing eviction or living in a place not meant for human habitation.    A Veteran who is defined as literally homeless is currently residing in a shelter, a vehicle, sleeping in hallways, rooftops, abandoned buildings, etc.

Other Veteran Programs

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)

This program provides community outreach, case management and a range of other services to help homeless veterans get back on their feet.

Compensated Work Therapy / Veterans Industries (CWT / VI)

These programs help veterans transition to employment after an extended absence from the work force by providing a short-term supportive work experience at local VA Medical Centers.

Grant & Per Diem (GPD)

This program allows VA to provide grants and per diem payments to assist public and non-profit organizations to establish and operate transitional supportive housing. Veterans can remain in Grant & Per Diem housing for up to 24 months.

Important Numbers

National Call Center for
Homeless Veterans
1 (877) 424-3838

AGENCY: Veterans Affairs Heath Care Benefits
TELEPHONE: 1(877) 222-VETS
AGENCY: Veterans Crisis Line
TELEPHONE: 1 (800) 273-8255 *Press 1
AGENCY: East Orange VA Medical Center
TELEPHONE: (973) 676-1000
AGENCY: Bloomfield Vet Center
TELEPHONE: (973) 748-0980 /1 (877) 927-8387
AGENCY: Vet 2 Vet
TELEPHONE: 1-866-VETS-NJ4

AGENCY: Disabled American Veterans
TELEPHONE: 973-645-3797

Newark Regional Benefits Office
20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Telephone: 1-800-827-1000
Website: https://www.benefits.va.gov/newark/

Congressman Payne Jr’s Office 60 Nelson Pl, 14th Fl Newark, NJ 07102 TELEPHONE: 973-645-3213 WEBSITE: http://payne.house.gov/

Other Resources

AGENCY: Valor
ADDRESS: 521 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
TELEPHONE: 908-647-0180 *4425
SERVICES PROVIDED: Emergency housing for veterans enrolled in the VA Healthcare system.
*Call first to get a screening scheduled*
AGENCY: GI Go Fund
ADDRESS: One Gateway Center, Suite 120
Newark, NJ 07102
WEBSITE: https://gigo.org/
TELEPHONE: (866) 389-GIGO (4446)
SERVICES PROVIDED: Employment, job readiness, resume assistance, assistance with applying for service connections, incubators provided for small businesses and temporary financial assistance.

AGENCY: Veterans Achieving Stability Through Training (VAST)
ADDRESS: 127 Pine Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
TELEPHONE: (256) 827-8669
WEBSITE: www.VASTNJ.com
SERVICES PROVIDED: Employment placement and vocational training for veterans experiencing homelessness.

AGENCY: New Hope Village 4 Veterans
ADDRESS: 60 Evergreen Place, Suite 904
East Orange, NJ 07018
TELEPHONE: (973) 477-7327
WEBSITE: https://www.newhopevillage4veterans.org/
SERVICES PROVIDED: Referrals to community agencies that assist veterans with housing. legal services and employment.

AGENCY: Newark Emergency Services for Families
ADDRESS: 982 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
TELEPHONE: 973-639-2100 *268
WEBSITE: http://www.nesfnj.org
SERVICES PROVIDED: NESF provides emergency services, workforce development, housing, prisoner re-entry, health, and family development for veterans, re-entry clients and homeless clients in Essex County.

The Essex County Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System/Continuum of Care

Resource Guide for Homeless Veterans

Have you served in the Armed Forces and are currently experiencing housing instability or homelessness? Call one of the agencies below to help you navigate the service and housing options that may be available to you.
AGENCY: Soldier On
WEBSITE: www.wesoldieron.org
TELEPHONE: 1- (866) 406-8449
SERVICES PROVIDED: SSVF case management program for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services include housing assistance, transportation, peer mentoring, temporary financial assistance (where eligible) for rent, security deposits, utilities, moving costs, car repair and storage fees. Referral services to health care, employment, transportation, legal, and credit repair/financial literacy.
AGENCY: Community Hope
EMAIL: SSVF@CommunityHope-NJ.org
TELEPHONE: 1 (855) 483-8466
SERVICES PROVIDED: SSVF Rapid Rehousing and Prevention supportive services provided to veterans who are literally homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Case management services and linkage to legal assistance, employment services, mental health services, transitional shelters, and VA benefits. Temporary financial assistance may be provided in the form of rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, childcare expenses, transportation assistance, rental arrears and utility arrears. HOPE for Veterans (GPD): (908) 647-5717 ext. 325
AGENCY: Catholic Charities
TELEPHONE: 1 (855) 767–8387
SERVICES PROVIDED: SSVF program aimed at rapidly re-housing homeless veteran and their families and preventing homelessness among veterans at imminent risk of losing their housing. The program provides case management and temporary financial assistance as the needs warranted. SSVF program not only addresses the immediate needs of the household but also the underlying issues that present a risk to housing stability and independence. In addition, we provide outreach, job training and educational supports, advocacy and financial assistance, assistance with moving expenses, childcare, apartment application fees, transportation, broker fees and other cost that directly support the housing stability of low-income veterans.

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