Corpus Christi, TX 78401
what we do
Endeavors' Veteran Supportive Services (VSS) rapidly re-houses and prevents homelessness among eligible Veterans and their families.
Our programs offer emergency financial assistance and one-on-one case management services, including:
- Short-term Emergency Housing
- Rental/Utility Payment
- Assistance Obtaining VA Benefits and Services
- Mental Health Resources
- Access to Substance Abuse Programs
- Job Placement Assistance
- Skills and Parenting Workshops
- Assistance with Other Public Benefits
Financial assistance take out amounts for qualifying Veterans is available on a case-by-case basis for the purpose of Veteran homeless prevention. Case management services identify the unique needs of each Veteran. Financial requests are made by the case manager on behalf of the Veteran receiving assistance, within the guidelines and limitations of each program.
2 Year Rent Subsidy for Veterans
Veterans who are enrolled in Endeavors’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program may qualify for a rent subsidy service called “Shallow Subsidy.” The Shallow Subsidy service provides eligible Veterans up to 35% of their rent cost for up to two years.
- Must meet and be enrolled in the SSVF program
- Must be under 50% AMI
- Must have continuous steady income
- Must be able to pay 65% of monthly rent
- Must live in an area served by Endeavors’ SSVF program
For more information about SSVF or the Shallow Subsidy service, please locate the drop-down menu at the top of this page and click on the contact information for the area in which you reside.
* Effective April 1st, the Shallow Subsidy Service eligibility will require that the veteran must be under 80% AMI and must be able to pay 50% of monthly rent.
What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for program assistance?
- Low-income status
- Homeless or at risk of becoming -homeless
- Discharge status and conduct
- Active duty service status
What areas of Texas qualify for program assistance?
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Mayra previously worked in the banking industry for 16 years before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. Since 2008, she has continued to expand her knowledge in federal contracts financials and budgeting. Serving Endeavors as the Regional Director of Veteran Supportive Services, she is responsible for ensuring the success of the delivery of services to the Veteran population experiencing homelessness.
Dr. Melissa Escamilla
Melissa currently serves as the Program Director for Veteran Supportive Services at Endeavors. The Veteran Supportive Services program provides rapid rehousing and housing stability services to low income, at risk veterans or veterans experiencing homelessness. Her catchment area includes Southeast Texas, the Gulf Coast and all of South Texas.
Melissa has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit setting assisting vulnerable populations such as people with disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness, older Americans and persons with mental health issues live independently in the community of their choice. She has experience working in customer service which has laid the foundation for providing the most vulnerable populations with information and referral in the community, advocacy, independent living skills training and holistic case management services. Melissa also has experience working with local, state and local grants at the non-profit level. She has been successful in grant writing, program administration, program evaluation, and technical assistance training. She has been an educator in the School of Rehabilitation Counseling and Services for over 13 years at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley formerly University of Texas Pan American. As an educator, Melissa is able to bring her field experience into the classroom to undergraduate and master level students.
At one time Melissa was able to initiate, oversee, and administer five grant programs for people with disabilities. Melissa has also held various positions in the community such as Continuum of Care Board Member, Texas Alliance for Information and Referral Services Treasurer and Vice President, Rio Grande Valley Community Veteran’s Engagement Board Co-Chair, and Cameron County Homeless Coalition Chair. Melissa continues to advocate for vulnerable populations as a board member of Texas Homeless Network. In addition to Melissa’s community work, Melissa’s interest in veteran population was through personal experiences with family members who are veterans. Melissa advocates across the state for veterans at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness and is a proponent of Veteran Wellness. In 2018, Melissa’s dissertation, “Veteran Wellness and Reintegration: Factors Contributing to Their Success in the Community” was presented to the National Council on Rehabilitation Educators Conference in Alexandria, VA.
This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.TVC.Texas.gov.