Patchogue veteran assistance program gives Middle Island woman new home

Patchogue veteran assistance program gives Middle Island woman new home


An Army veteran is starting a new life with help of a Patchogue veteran
assistance organization.

Tywana Key tells News 12 she found help at Supportive Services for Veteran
Families.

The program also known as
SSVF helps veterans who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness to secure
permanent housing. Funds are given by the Veteran Administration.

SSVF has helped 175 veterans with rental payments during the pandemic thus far,
and Key is one of them.

The veteran and mother of three lost her job at the Northport VA at the start
of the pandemic.

Key says she quickly fell behind on rent and that her landlord threatened
eviction.

“I don’t
feel right because I don’t have the means to pay the rent…to make sure my kids
had a roof over their heads. So, I had to do something about it,” says the
Middle Island woman.

“There’s families involved, there’s spouses involved.  We don’t want to
see these people end up in the shelter system or on the street,” says Richard
Dellasso, of Supportive Services for Veteran Families

As a result of SSVF’s housing assistance, Key was able to gain a new lease on
life, saying in part, “If it wasn’t for them, I actually don’t know how much
hope I would have been able to hold onto, especially with the pandemic.”



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