Do you know a homeless Veteran? There is help through the VA, many do not know about their program to lower the number of homeless Veterans.
If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, refer him or her to a local VA Medical Center, where VA staff are ready to help. Veterans and their families can also contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET to be connected to VA services.
VA’s specialized programs for homeless Veterans serve hundreds of thousands of homeless and at-risk Veterans each year. Independently and in collaboration with federal and community partners, VA programs provide Veterans with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice- and reentry-related services and more.
National Center on Homelessness among Veterans
Mission: The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (the Center) promotes recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. The Center conducts and supports research; assesses the effectiveness of programs; identifies and disseminates best practices and integrates these practices into polices, programs, and services for homeless or at-risk Veterans; and serves as a resource center for all research and training activities carried out by the Department and by other Federal and non-Federal entities with respect to Veteran homelessness.
• Housing/supportive services: VA helps eligible homeless
Veterans access safe, affordable housing while providing case
management and supportive services. This approach is known as
the Housing First model of care, an evidence-based practice model
that prioritizes getting Veterans into stable housing first, and then
providing wraparound supportive care tailored to their individual
needs. Veterans who enter Housing First programs have been
shown to have reduced emergency room care utilization, reduced
health care costs, improved health outcomes and much better
long term housing success.
• Income/employment/benefits: Stable employment affords
Veterans the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles
within their own communities. In 2014, VA created the Homeless
Veterans Community Employment Services program to make it
easier than ever for business and industry to find, interview, and
hire job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness. VA also provides job
training through a network of vocational rehabilitation specialists
that help more than 40,000 Veterans a year
There is help and you can pass that along. Many do not know of these programs so reach out to families and friends and help get our homeless Veterans help. Have them go to the local VA or call National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET to be connected to VA services.
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