VA Aims to Help Homeless, at-Risk Veterans Find Stable Jobs

Job-ready veterans exiting homelessness like Bowles and others on the brink of homelessness can now turn to the VA’s Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services for individualized assistance in finding the types of stable jobs needed to sustain housing.

The program officially launched this month uses 154 community employment coordinators at VA locations nationwide to help identify job-ready veterans and establish relationships with local employers. They also connect veterans with resources to help them succeed after finding work.

Homelessness is a serious problem among veterans: nearly 50,000 were homeless on a single night in January 2014, according to a count developed through a partnership between the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For Bowles, a job layoff and a failed marriage left him without money for rent or a motel when he returned to his home state of Ohio from South Carolina to hunt for a work.

“I never expected to end up in a shelter, but one hiccup in life can put you flat on your back,” said Bowles who applied for his current job on his own, but had no way to get back and forth.

The Cincinnati VA’s coordinator helped by connecting Bowles to a donated fund the VA uses to provide bus passes for homeless veterans and by reassuring the prospective employer…

The New Mexico VA Health Care System’s Health Care for the Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program was established to address the needs of chronically mentally ill Veterans. The mission of the HCHV program is to end homelessness among Veterans through outreach efforts and community partnerships. Assistance is provided in helping Veterans in gaining access to VA Medical Services, financial benefits and discharge documents. Services include referrals to medical and psychiatric assessments, alcohol and drug treatment, case management, and assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and temporary shelter. HCHV staff also provides linkage to transitional housing through VA and Community Providers, assists with finding affordable housing and assist with finding employment. Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged and meets all other criteria for VA treatment or hospitalization is eligible for the HCHV program. HCHV programs include Veterans Outreach Program, Grant per Diem Program, HUD-VASH Program, Contract Housing (Respite), and Veterans Justice Outreach. The HCHV Team also performs numerous rural outreach programs throughout New Mexico in order to help homeless Veterans…

Stephanie Saldivar
Health Care for Homeless Veterans Coordinator
Building 52, BHCL
505-265-1711 Ext. 2057

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…

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…

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