NYS Health’s Best of 2014 Report reinforces IVMF’s role in supporting returning veterans and their families in New York State
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) was recently recognized by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) as one of the Foundation’s “Best of 2014.” The IVMF was cited in the NYS Health’s widely circulated Best of 2014 report for its initiatives in supporting the needs of returning veterans and their families.
In 2014, NYSHealth partnered with the IVMF to help develop 21 community-based programs to serve veterans and their families. IVMF worked with all 21 organizations to help secure more than $25 million in federal funding from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which supports community-based services to help prevent low income veterans and their families from becoming homeless.
IVMF worked together with the organizations to create programs using the NYSHealth-funded “Coming Home to Caring Communities: A Blueprint for Serving Veterans & Families,” developed by the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) in Rochester. Communities receiving the SSVF support created VOC lookalike programs to expand health and social services to veterans and their families.
Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice-Chancellor for Veteran and Military Affairs at Syracuse University, and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, praised the report and acknowledged the IVMF’s efforts to help New York State communities improve upon their service delivery systems for veterans and their families. Haynie added, “This recognition highlights the expanded mission of Syracuse University and the IVMF to not only educate and train returning veterans and their families, but to ensure an equal amount of support and assistance are provided to help our community-based organizations address their ongoing needs as well.”
New York State received the second largest allocation of 2014 SSVF grants in the United States, with much of the funding going to communities in New York City and on Long Island, where more than 80% of all homeless veterans in New York State live.
The grants build upon IVMF’s past efforts to leverage additional SSVF funding through technical assistance. Since 2012, New York State organizations have received a total of $46 million in SSVF grants.
About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Learn more about the IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu.
About the New York State Health Foundation
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. We strive to be focused and purposeful in our work; establish and adhere to clear goals and strategies; and measure our progress. We are committed to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health system, serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.