Veteran moves into housing with help from Goodwill SSVF program

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June 11, 2020

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Gerald had been living in Helena, Montana, but needed surgery at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.

He came to Spokane and moved in with a friend. But since Gerald wasn’t on the lease, his friend risked being kicked out if Gerald stayed. What was he to do?

Gerald got in touch with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program at Goodwill.

Goodwill helped Gerald get into an apartment of his own. The SSVF Program was able to pay the security deposit and two months of rent. Gerald also got a move-in kit with some housing essentials and a brand-new bed.

Gerald got connected to other support sources with the help of SSVF, like a subsidized housing voucher that will help him stay in his apartment long-term.

Gerald said that he is happy that he came to Goodwill and loves his new place. Even though his services with SSVF will formally end soon, Gerald is happy knowing he can reach out for help from Goodwill SSVF services any time. "Without Goodwill, my life would have been a heck of a lot harder. I wouldn't have been able to find a good place to live that I could afford. I might have ended up living in my truck."