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Homeless Veterans

The Community Support Services Program(CSS) covers many programs including Homeless Veteran Services.

Our Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program serves Veterans who are homeless and have a medical, mental health or substance use disorder. This program provides outreach, crisis intervention, case management services as well as housing and vocational services. A transitional residence for Veterans will open in the near future with hopes of promoting a clean and sober family like living environment for Veterans who formerly resided in city shelters.

Our new HUD – VASH Program is a partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program was established to move Veterans and their families out of homelessness and into supported housing through HUD Section 8 "Housing Choice" rental assistance vouchers and intensive case management services provided by the VA. The goal of the program is to end homelessness of the hardest- to- serve Veterans often living with a disability, mental illness or substance use disorders.

Our Grant and Per Diem program, an essential and critical part of the VHA, is vital for providing safe transitional housing and supportive services for homeless Veterans. Community-based programs funded under Grant and Per Diem provide such services. The VA Liaison provides oversight of the program, the Veterans care and case management to all participants.

Homeless Veterans are encouraged to participate in our Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT). This supported employment program allows Veterans to earn approximately $1000.00 per month in full-time work experience, generally on the campus of one of the network sites. Many of these Veterans live in shelters and may have only one month of documented sobriety. Group therapy and case management are provided to assist these Veterans as they prepare to return to community employment. Veterans participate in the program for an average of four to five months. Homeless Veterans with little sobriety and stability are fully integrated in the Mental Health Patient Care Center on site. Treatment for PTSD, substance abuse and other mental health problems as well as physical problems are available on site. The CWT program also offers supported employment assistance for Veterans with a serious mental illness who desires to work. Also, supported employment assistance is available for Veterans with a traumatic brain injury.

The CSS program is fully accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Agency.

Need more information?
Call LaTonya Heyward, Program Manager at 718-584-9000 x5154, or check the Veteran's Industries website at www.va.gov/vi-bronx.

If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, VA can help you get back on your feet. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder. The hotline and online chat are free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use either service.

When you call or join the online chat:

  • You will be connected to a trained VA responder. 
  • The responder will ask a few questions to assess your needs.
  • If you’re a Veteran, you may be connected with the Homeless Program point of contact at the nearest VA facility.
  • Contact information will be requested so staff may follow up.

VA offers these services, all available via 1-877-4AID-VET, to homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness and their families:

Opportunities to return to employment

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VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing supports to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

Safe Housing

The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides grants and per diem payments (as funding is available) to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers for homeless Veterans. Learn more about the Grant Per Diem Program

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HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program is a joint effort between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA. HUD allocated nearly 38,000 "Housing Choice" Section 8 vouchers across the country. These vouchers allow Veterans and their families to live in market rate rental units while VA provides case management services. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord on behalf of the participating Veteran. The Veteran then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Learn more about the HUD-VASH Program.

The Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all VA foreclosed properties available for sale to homeless provider organizations-at a 20 to 50 percent discount-to shelter homeless Veterans.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides grants and technical assistance to community-based, nonprofit organizations to help Veterans and their families stay in their homes. Learn more about the SSVF program.

Health care

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VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program offers outreach, exams, treatment, referrals, and case management to Veterans who are homeless and dealing with mental health issues, including substance use. At more than 135 HCHV sites, trained, caring VA specialists provide tools and support necessary for Veterans to get their lives on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program page.

VA’s Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program provides a coordinated "medical home" specifically tailored to the needs of homeless Veterans that integrates clinical care with delivery of social services with enhanced access and community coordination. Implementation of this model is expected to address many of the health disparity and equity issues facing this population and result in reduced emergency department use and hospitalizations, improved chronic disease management, improved "housing readiness" with fewer Veterans returning to homelessness once housed. Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program

VA’s Homeless Veterans Dental Program provides dental treatment for eligible Veterans in a number of programs: Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, VA Grant and Per Diem, Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (contract bed), and Community Residential Care. VA is working to expand dental care to all eligible Veterans within this program. Homeless Veterans Dental Program

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) brings together providers, advocates, and other concerned citizens to identify the needs of homeless Veterans and work to meet those needs through planning and cooperative action. This process has helped build thousands of relationships between VA and community agencies so that together they can better serve homeless Veterans. For more information on Project CHALENG, call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Project CHALENG web page.

Mental health services

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Veteran Justice Outreach provides eligible, justice-involved Veterans with timely access to VA’s mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.

VA’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative provides substance use services in the community to aid homeless Veterans' recovery.

The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through supports including those addressing mental health and substance use problems.

The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs feature community-based locations and outreach activities that help to identify homeless Veterans and match homeless Veterans with necessary services.

Contact

Homeless Veterans Treatment Programs
888-725-3000

877-4AID-VET

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