If you are a Veteran who is homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, we may be able to help:
· Locate and secure stable housing for you and your family
· Provide assistance in many of life’s difficult situations
· Provide rental assistance, security and utility deposits, and help with housing-related costs
· Assist in obtaining VA benefits such as vocational and rehabilitation counseling, employment and training services, and education benefits.
CANI believes that all Veterans deserve a stable place to call home.
Promising future for once-homeless veteran
When he answered an ad in the newspaper about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, Robert Kanippe had no idea how much his life was going to change.
Robert was living in Nebraska when he lost his wife of 20 years to heart disease and diabetes. At that time, he moved to Indiana to live with his parents and help care for his ailing father. Two years later, his father passed away, and Robert had nowhere to live .
Robert proudly served in the military and then worked in construction for 20 years, but his health interfered with both career paths.
However, he has always been determined to find work and would take any job he could get, no matter how temporary it was. Robert would often have only enough money to put one gallon of gasoline in his car at a time - but at least it would get him to another job.
Unsteady income made life difficult, but after entering a job training program, Robert obtained computer skills and now works as a receptionist.
Even with a prostate cancer diagnosis two years ago, Robert kept going. After meeting with CANI’s Homeless Prevention Coordinator, he was able to get a place of his own. Weeks later he was approved for Social Security benefits and learned his cancer was in remission.
Having survived life's struggles, Robert says he appreciates the SSVF program and how it is providing assistance to homeless veterans. He is also thankful to the other agencies that have helped him and he is determined to be successful: “I am going to get it right this time. If I were any happier there would be two of me!”