Endeavors, Inc., (formerly Family Endeavors, Inc.) is based in San Antonio, but also has offices in Dallas and Ft. Worth. It provides effective services to improve lives and increase the self-sufficiency of individuals and families threatened by or experiencing homelessness, mental illness, abuse, and neglect. Family Endeavors began offering veteran-specific programs in 2011 in the San Antonio area through the VA-funded Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program. Services are designed to prevent veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house veteran households that have become homeless.
The program is open to veterans, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families.
- The family must be low-income, as determined using the income limits most recently published by HUD for programs under Section 8 program. Generally the limit is 50% or less of the area median income, which varies by county and family size (it is about $35,000 for a family of four in Dallas County, for example).
- Assisted veteran households must be homeless, or be residing in but facing removal from, permanent housing (which includes a rental property, a unit shared with others, or a hotel or motel not being paid for by a government organization or charity).
- Veterans not eligible for services include a discharge status of dishonorable and no active duty time.
- Each family will be assigned a case manager to assist the household with the development, implementation, and monitoring of a housing stability plan to achieve greater self-sufficiency.
- In addition to case management, Family Endeavors can provide temporary financial housing assistance. That includes help with rent payments, utilities, security deposits (rent, utilities), transportation (bus passes), household items, clothing, and childcare. Family Endeavors can also provide employment and career development services, help in obtaining VA and other public benefits, and moving costs.
The Veteran must present at least one of the following documents:
- DD 214
- VBA Statement of Service
- VHA Veteran's Identity card
- VISTA printout from VHA healthcare provider, Hospital Inquiry System, or VBA award letter of service connected disability payment or non-service connected pension.
- The individual must also provide a valid photo identification.
A veteran or family member can call any office to schedule an appointment with an Outreach and Intake Specialist (OIS). The OIS will determine and document program eligibility and assign the household to a Case Manager.