John Kuhn, LCSW, MPH led the development and launch of the Supported Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, VA’s homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing initiative. In 2019 SSVF was appropriated $380 million for grants to community organizations assisting homeless and at-risk Veteran families. In the coming year, SSVF expects to help 120,000 Veterans and their family members find or keep permanent housing. In the past year, SSVF has begun two pioneering initiatives. The first seeks to expand housing placement opportunities through diversion and rapid exit strategies. The second uses shallow subsidies to bring more housing into affordability in high-cost markets.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kuhn led VA homeless programs in New Jersey developing innovative employment, housing, and treatment services. His received local and national recognition for this work including Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Medal and acknowledgement by the former Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee who had the Flag of The United States flown over the Capitol in his honor. Mr. Kuhn has a BA from Brown University, a MSW from Columbia University and a MPH from Rutgers University. He has been working with the homeless for over 25 years.