An approximate of a third of adult homeless males and a quarter of all homeless people served in the armed forces. The VA’s program for the homeless offers a range of services and support to ex-soldiers so that they recover and live a much better and more independent life.
CHALENG, which is an acronym for Community Homelessness, Local Education, and Networking Groups, is a national initiative where the VA collaborates with a variety of organizations to evaluate the necessities of homeless veterans, come up with and carry out workable plans to meet those needs.
The VA has numerous programs that aim to help homeless ex-soldiers directly. Some of these programs include the basics, such as providing food and shelter, plus permanent solutions, which offer rehab training and health services.
The VA’s CHCs (Comprehensive Homeless Centers) provide a variety of VA homeless initiatives at a single medical center area and provide administration within a centralized framework to reach out to homeless ex-soldiers and help them to avoid being displaced.
The homeless veteran’s daily allowance and grant program is designed to help non-profit and government organizations set up and run supportive service centers and housing to cater for the needs of homeless veterans.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is a technical and resource assistance center for institutions that provide supportive housing, emergency management, health services and food, assistance in job training and placement, case management support and legal aid to thousands of homeless veterans annually.
The Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program gives at-risk veterans a chance by enabling them to take part in residential and rehabilitative therapeutic community activities to help them achieve their optimum functionality levels and to return to independent living in their respective communities.
DCHV (domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans) is an initiative by the VA which provides rehab and treatment for both male and female ex-soldiers, and was integrated with MH RRTPs (Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs).
Using the Work-Therapy (CWT) and Compensated Work-Therapy/Transitional Residence (TR) programs, VA provides employment chances and managed therapeutic housing for those homeless ex-soldier who might have a mental, physical or drug addiction problem.