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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

 

Homeless Veterans

Veteran discussing options with a counselorHealthcare of Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Grant and Per Diem (GPD) and Contract Residential

These are outpatient programs here at the Detroit VA Medical Center, focused on ending homelessness among Veterans. These programs are Joint Commission and CARF accredited. The HCHV staff assists Veterans who are homeless by assessing their needs, linking Veterans with VA and community resources, referring to transitional and permanent housing options, connecting Veterans with medical, substance use, mental health, vocational and dental care as needed.

The GPD program provides transitional housing for Veterans experiencing homelessness in a community program for up to 24 months while the Veteran receives case management services through the community program staff. GPD staff oversees the services provided for the Veteran with the ultimate goal being safe, affordable, permanent housing. The Contract Residential program provides Veterans with shorter term transitional housing with case management assistance for up to 6 months and also has the goal of moving the Veteran into safe, affordable permanent housing.

  • B2S, Red Tower
  • Beth Baker, HCHV Supervisor, 313-576-1580
  • Gloria Kekalos-Allum, Transitional Housing and Fiscal Coordinator, 313-576-1000 x61482
  • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, no appointment necessary

Opening of the Veterans Community Resources and Referral Center.Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center (VCRRC)

The Detroit VAMC’s VCRRC is an outpatient program located in the community that is designed to be a one-stop service center for Veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The facility includes a laundry room, computer lab, showers, and ready to heat meals. The VCRRC staff assists with meeting concrete needs and also with assessment and referral to services to meet the needs of the Veteran. Transitional housing, permanent housing, medical care through our Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team, psychiatric services through our Housing First ACT team, benefits application, and linking with other community resources are many of the services offerred. Staff also outreach into the community to connect with Veterans who may not have accessed services through the VA before.

  • This facility is located approximately 2 miles from the Medical Center: 301 Piquette Street, Detroit (corner of Brush and Piquette)
  • Beth Baker, Chief VCRRC, 313-576-1580
  • Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH)

The HUD/VASH program is a permanent supportive housing program designed to get our most vulnerable Veterans experiencing homelessness, into subsidized housing with supportive services from our HUD/VASH staff to obtain and maintain safe, affordable housing. This program is designed to house Veterans who require both rental subsidy and supportive services in the home to obtain and maintain housing.  A sub-population given priority at this time, are Veterans with dependent children who require the subsidy and supportive services to obtain and maintain housing. For referral to this program, Veterans need to be assessed through our Healthcare for Homeless Veterans or Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center (VCRRC). This program is Joint Commission and CARF accredited.

  • This program is located on B2South in the Red Section of the Medical Center on the 2nd floor.
  • Tyrone Frazier, HUD/VASH Coordinator/Supervisor, 313-576-1000, ext. 62362
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Veteran during a court proceedingVeterans Justice Outreach Program

The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program is part of our Homeless Program Continuum of Care, designed to assist Veterans involved in the legal system to connect with VA services, and when possible, avoid incarceration. Our VJO staff works with police, judges, probation officers and jail personnel to identify Veterans in need of assistance. VJO staff members determine eligibility, enroll and refer to both VA and non-VA services upon release and assist Veterans in jails by connecting them with housing and other services for reintegration into the community.

  • B1362
  • Nanette Colling, VJO Coordinator, 313-576-1000, ext. 65537
    Tracy Golliday-Champagne, VJO Coordinator, 313-576-1000, ext. 64727
  • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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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. Learn more about these programs below and at VA’s Programs for At-Risk Veterans and Their Families page.

Housing

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

This collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

How It Works

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. As of Sept. 30, 2015, HUD had allocated more than 78,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.

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Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

For very low-income Veterans, SSVF provides case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran’s home or identify a new, more suitable housing situation for the individual and his or her family; or to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless and might remain homeless without this assistance.

How It Works

Through referrals and direct outreach, nonprofit agencies and community cooperatives use SSVF funding to quickly house Veterans and their families who are homeless and keep others from slipping into homelessness by providing time-limited supportive services that promote housing stability. Case management includes help securing VA and other benefits such as educational aid and financial planning.

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Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program

State, local and tribal governments and nonprofits receive capital grants and per diem payments to develop and operate transitional housing and/or service centers for Veterans who are homeless.

How It Works

VA funds an estimated 600 agencies that provide over 14,500 beds for eligible Veterans. Grantees work closely with an assigned liaison from the local VAMC. The VA GPD liaison monitors the services the grantees offer to Veterans and provides direct assistance to them. Grantees also collaborate with community-based organizations to connect Veterans with employment, housing and additional social services to promote housing stability. The maximum stay in this housing is up to 24 months, with the goal of moving Veterans into permanent housing.

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Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program

This program encompasses residential care for sheltered and unsheltered Veterans with multiple challenges, illnesses or rehabilitative care needs. DCHV provides a structured setting to foster Veterans’ independence and mutual support.

How It Works

Either on VAMC grounds or in the community, participating Veterans receive interdisciplinary clinical care that includes medical, psychiatric, vocational, educational or social services. There are more than 2,400 beds available through 47 sites.

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Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program

This other notable program sells VA-foreclosed properties to homeless provider organizations at a discount to be used for transitional housing for homeless Veterans.

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Employment

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Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES)

Under this program, each VA Medical Center (VAMC) has received funding to hire new vocational development specialists who are serving as Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) to boost employment outcomes for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

How It Works

CECs work out of each VAMC to forge partnerships and create relationships with local community organizations and employers who have the ability to hire Veterans. CECs work with and pre-screen Veterans who offer a variety of skills and come from all education levels, and are backed by VA’s entire network of services and providers. Employers can also proactively reach out to their local CEC by visiting the CEC contact information page.

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Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

CWT is comprised of the transitional work and supported employment program, which assists homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment.

How It Works

Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is the higher.

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Health Care

The Philadelphia H-PACT staff

– Health Care Through H-PACTs. The Philadelphia H-PACT staff, from left to right: Keith Ferrell, George Tzanis, Lamont Jones, Kate O’Hara, Leah Jones, Donzella McLaughlin and Lynette McDaniels.

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)

This program offers outreach, case management and residential treatment services to help Veterans transition from living on the street or in institutions to stable housing situations.

How It Works

Operating out of many VAMCs nationwide, clinically trained providers locate Veterans who are living in precarious situations and connect them with VA bridge housing, health care and case management services that promote safe, stable living arrangements.

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Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program

Located on the campuses of VA medical centers (VAMCs), community-based outpatient clinics and Community Resource and Referral Centers, H-PACT clinics provide a coordinated “medical home” tailored to the needs of homeless Veterans. They integrate clinical care, social services, enhanced access and community coordination.

How They Work

H-PACTS co-locate medical staff, social workers, mental health and substance use counselors, nurses and homeless program staff. This team provides Veterans with comprehensive, individualized care, including services that lead to permanent housing. Veterans can walk in to H-PACT clinics without an appointment and receive medical care, case management services, housing placement supports, substance use and mental health treatment, community referrals, triage services, benefits counseling and even hot showers and clean clothes. H-PACT has expanded to 60 VAMCs nationally and is currently actively serving almost 19,000 Veterans. It is estimated that over 25,000 Veterans were served by an H-PACT during 2015. H-PACTs are showing promise in improving health and other outcomes among participating Veterans compared with non-H-PACT patients.

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Homeless Veterans Dental Program

This other important resource provides Veterans who are homeless with dental treatment through programs such as Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, VA Grant and Per Diem, Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence, Health Care for Homeless Veterans (contract bed) and Community Residential Care. VA is working to expand dental care to all eligible Veterans.

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Justice- and Reentry-Related Services

Incarceration Assistance

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) and Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) Programs

VJO aims to prevent homelessness by helping justice-involved Veterans who have mental health or substance use issues access needed VA clinical services. HCRV specialists work with Veterans to ease their transition from prison back into the community.

How the Programs Work

VJO specialists provide direct outreach, assessment and case management for Veterans in local courts and jails and help them navigate the justice system. Every VAMC has at least one VJO specialist. HCRV specialists meet with incarcerated Veterans before they’re released and assist them in planning for reintegration into the community by accessing VA and community services as well as housing and employment opportunities.

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Other Resources

Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRCs)

CRRCs provide Veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness with one-stop access to community-based, multiagency services to promote permanent housing, health and mental health care, career development and access to VA and non-VA benefits.

For a list CRRCs across the country, click here.

VA Vet Centers

These community-based outlets provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free and strictly confidential. Call 1-877-WAR-VETS (1.877.927.8387) to learn more.