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Homeless Veterans

Are you a Veteran or do you know a Veteran who is:

  • living with a disability, mental illness, or addiction
  • homeless or at risk for becoming homeless?
  • needs medical attention and is not getting it?
  • could use assistance with receiving benefits?

We Can Help.

Housing for Homeless Veterans

On any given night, hundreds of homeless Veterans are living on the street or in the shelter system. Many are chronically homeless and suffer from high rates of mental illness and chronic and acute health problems that leave them at heightened risk.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) program provides permanent housing and ongoing case management to Veterans who need support to live independently.

Eligibility

To participate, Veterans must currently:

  • be homeless (or in imminent danger of becoming homeless)
  • have limited income below the established HUD threshold, and
  • have an identified clinical need for case management.

Veterans in transitional housing, residential treatment programs, or who are working or disabled may also be eligible.

Note: Veterans required registering on any Lifetime Sex Offender Registry or who exceed income thresholds are not eligible for the program.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • ongoing, long-term case management by qualified VA staff (this is a program requirement); and
  • vouchers for safe, affordable, accessible, permanent housing in a location of the Veteran’s choice.

Veterans will be responsible to pay a portion of the monthly rent directly to the landlord (equal to 30% of their gross monthly income, with a minimum of $50/month and the housing authority pays the remaining portion of the rent).

For referrals: Veterans and community providers should contact the program office. VA providers may refer any Veteran eligible for VA healthcare by contacting the program office for a HUD-VASH referral form.

Case Management

HUD-VASH is designed to help Veterans living with a disability, mental illness, addiction, or other issues that necessitate ongoing case management.

Case managers will:

  • work with Veterans to develop individualized goals based on their needs and desires
  • assist with the Louisville Housing Authority application process for Section 8 and housing search
  • coordinate access to needed services, support, and treatment
  • provide limited counseling services or referrals when more in-depth support is needed
  • monitor progress and follow up as needed

With progress, the case manager may recommend discontinuation of case management. However, Veterans may continue to receive housing assistance (vouchers).

HUD-VASH is designed to help Veterans living with a disability, mental illness, addiction, or other issues that necessitate ongoing case management.

Our HUD-VASH staff is dedicated to:

  • moving Veterans and their families out of homelessness,
  • improving Veterans physical and mental health through quality case management, and
  • enhancing Veterans ability to remain stable, housed, and community-integrated.

We can help. Contact the HUD-VASH Office at: 502-287-4178.

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

HUD-VASH Office
502-287-4178

877-4AID-VET

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