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  • VA Puget Sound Housing and Services for Homeless Veterans

    I N C L U D E S : O U T R E A C H , C A S E M A N A G E M E N T , I N T E R I M / E M E R G E N C Y ,

    T R A N S I T I O N A L A N D P E R M A N E N T S U P P O R T I V E H O U S I N G

  • Overview

     Far too many Veterans are homeless in America— between 130,000 and 200,000 on any given night— representing between one fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people

     Three times that many Veterans are struggling with excessive rent burdens and thus at increased risk of homelessness.

     Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country.

  • Homeless Veterans

     The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the nation's homeless Veterans are mostly males (four percent are females).

     The vast majority is single, most come from poor, disadvantaged communities, 45 percent suffer from mental illness, and half have substance abuse problems.

  • Women Veterans experiencing homelessness

     Female homeless Veterans represent an estimated 4% of homeless Veterans. They are more likely than male homeless Veterans to be married and to suffer serious psychiatric illness, but less likely to be employed and to suffer from addiction disorders.

     Comparisons of homeless female Veterans and other homeless women have found no differences in rates of mental illness or addictions

  • Seattle and King County

     According to local sources, up to 21 percent of all homeless single adults in King County are Veterans, with an estimate of 1,000 to 1,150 homeless Veterans in our region.

     About 27 percent (270 to 310) are chronically homeless. Most of these homeless Veterans are single and male, with an average age of 50.

     Single homeless female Veterans make up nearly 4 percent of those living in shelters and transitional housing.

  • Local challenges

     The gap in permanent housing for currently homeless Veterans in King County is estimated to be in the range of 610 to 770 units, of which 165 to 207 units is the estimated gap for chronically homeless Veterans.

     The housing gap does not account for those who may become newly homeless as Veterans return to King County from Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Outreach and Referrals

     VA Health Care for the Homeless Program

     Outreach workers to visit places where homeless Veterans may be like shelters, soup kitchens, and tent cities

     They help Veteran get connected to medical and mental health care and VA housing programs.

     The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans will generate over 1000 referrals this year alone to Puget Sound’s Housing Programs

     Homeless Veteran in Need of Help 1-877-424-3838

  •  HPACT slide

     Health Care outreach

  • Homeless Prevention Program

     Veteran Homeless Prevention and Demonstration Program. Puget Sound (Joint Base Lewis McChord) is one of five sites nationwide to implement the program in March of 2011.

     Catholic Community Services provides the financial assistance

     To date 173 Veterans have been served with 436 family members benefitting

     81, OIF/OEF/OND (48%)

     40 Women Veterans

     29 Guard and Reserve

  • Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families

     Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, VA is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in -- or transitioning to -- permanent housing. Those community organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible very low income Veteran families

     Puget Sound has four SSVF grantees. There are three grantees that serve Veterans living in Seattle and King County. We have SSVF services in other areas of Puget Sound.

  • HCHV Contract Residential

     Provides funding for enriched residential care for Veterans who need safe shelter and services in order to stabilize or receive medical care. Veterans are often participating in intensive outpatient services.

     Two contracts are in place through Puget Sound for a total of 32 beds.

     Veterans can stay from 30-180 days.

     Most transition to other VA housing programs.

  • VA Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Programs (MHRRTP)

     Also known as the domiciliary

     Puget Sound has a 64 bed facility located at American Lake

     Most Veterans go for intensive treatment for PTSD or Substance abuse and stay for 30 days.

     Veterans who are homeless can stay up to 6 months while they receive enriched vocational support

     Goal is permanent housing and employment

     Also located at American Lake are the Transitional Residences

     5 single family homes located in the Tacoma/Pierce County area

     24 Veterans can be served at any given time (one woman’s house)

  • Grant and Per Diem Housing

     The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program funds community-based agencies providing transitional housing or service centers for homeless Veterans.

     Through the program, each year (as funding is available) VA offers grants that may fund up to 65 percent of the project for the construction, acquisition or renovation of facilities or to purchase vans to provide outreach and services to homeless Veterans.

     274 units through Puget Sound (11 sites)

     If Veterans stay 60 days they receive dental care

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  • Outcomes for transitional programs

     VA tracks how many Veterans exit GPD and MHRRTP (homeless units only) and go into permanent housing

     GPD outcomes are 65% our independently housed at d/c

     MHRRTP outcomes are 62%

  • HUD/VASH

     Permanent Supported Housing

     Majority of the units in located in scattered sites (not projected units)

     Targeting Veterans who are chronically homeless

     Housing First Model

     Pairs housing choice vouchers with VA Case Management Services

  • Pierce County

    Tacoma Seattle King County Bremerton Snohomish Thurston Bellingham Skagit Peninsula/P ort Angeles

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  • Individuals and Families Served by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System HUD-VASH Program (2008 – 2012)

    Female 230

    Male 1044

    Families 229

    # of family members 341

    Total Number of People Served 1844

  • Veterans served by Puget Sound’s VASH program who are “Chronically

    Homeless”

     Puget Sound has prioritized Veterans who are chronically homeless who have high acuity for the last three years.

     Currently 68% of the Veterans served by HUD/VASH were chronically homeless before being successfully housed through HUD/VASH

     The remaining 32% are Veterans with high acuity that have children or Veterans who are OIF/OEF or OND

  • Veterans served by Puget Sound’s VASH program who are “Chronically

    Homeless”

     Puget Sound has prioritized Veterans who are chronically homeless who have high acuity for the last three years.

     Currently 68% of the Veterans served by HUD/VASH were chronically homeless before being successfully housed through HUD/VASH

     The remaining 32% are Veterans with high acuity that have children or Veterans who are OIF/OEF or OND

  • VASH and Community Partnerships

     Partnering with our local PHA’s and non-profit housing developers, and service providers to project base tenant based vouchers to serve the most acute and vulnerable Veterans

     In Seattle and King County there are six sites

     Sites typically have non-VA funding with enriched services

     Sites average 8-10 vouchers per building

     Sites mainly serve singles but two sites do serve Veteran families

     Projects focus on certain populations (chronically mentally ill, elderly)

  • Additional Community Partnerships that support VASH

     Landlord Liaison Project

     The goal of LLP is to offer homeless individuals and families who were previously denied by landlords help with accessing permanent housing, signing leases and moving into otherwise vacant units. They are an importan