All Veterans have earned and deserve a place to call home. That’s why VA is committed to preventing and ending homelessness among Veterans. VA and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) recently shared information about resources and programs to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during a joint #ExploreVA Facebook Live event.
Sharon Hodge, VVA deputy director of Government Affairs and Anthony Love, senior advisor and director of Community Engagement for VHA’s Office of Homeless Programs, discussed several resources for Veterans who lack stable housing.
“If there’s a local VA medical center in the community where you are, I would recommend getting connected,” Love said. For those unable to visit a VA medical center, the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans’ 24/7 hotline at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) is an excellent first place to start. Operators can pinpoint nearby resources, such as emergency or transitional shelters.
Every VA medical center has a homeless coordinator to help Veterans access VA programs, such as HUD-VASH or the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program, to find and sustain permanent housing. In addition, coordinators can assist Veterans in navigating other services such as employment.
VA representatives responded to questions following the conversation and Veterans were directed to va.gov/homeless to learn more about housing assistance. Online representatives also provided helpful links to resources.
If you missed this event, check out some of the highlights below.
Representatives directed Veterans to services in their area.
Many participants wanted to know how they could get involved with ending Veteran homelessness.
And some were interested in suggestions to help the homeless population in their communities.
Thank you to all Veterans, service members and their supporters who participated in the event. Stay tuned to the ExploreVA events page for information about upcoming events.
For more details about VA benefits and how to apply, visit Explore.VA.gov.
Watch the full video below or visit VVA’s Facebook page.