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
Temporary financial assistance may be available for qualifying veterans on a case-by-case basis.
SHALLOW SUBSIDY SERVICES AVAILABLE
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 50% of their rent cost for up to two years. For more information about the Shallow Subsidy service, please click here for more information.
What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for program assistance?
- Low-income status
- Homeless or at risk of becoming -homeless
- Proof of discharge status
What areas of Texas qualify for program assistance?
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Annie has nearly 30 years of combined experiences in banking, healthcare, government and social service industries, giving her a well-rounded skill set to lead Endeavors’ Veteran and Community Based ServicesRead More
Annie has nearly 30 years of combined experiences in banking, healthcare, government and social service industries, giving her a well-rounded skill set to lead Endeavors’ Veteran and Community Based Services. Annie serves as Co-Chair of the Successfully Aging and Living in San Antonio (SALSA) Steering Committee, is a member of the TXServes San Antonio Advisory Board, a member of Wishes for Military Heroes, and Committee Chair for Alzheimer’s Memory Gala. Annie has an Executive Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both from Trinity University.
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.