HOMELESS VETERANS

Homeless Veterans
Many Veterans face challenges throughout their lives that may lead them to lose their home, eventually becoming homeless. VA recognizes that every homeless Veteran's story is different, including their specific needs to help them get back into permanent  and stable housing. There are many VA benefits, some of which are presented on this web site.


VA Benefits
Homeless Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See our Veterans page for an overview of the benefits available to all Veterans.


VA Benefits for Homeless Veterans
Health Care

The VA Health Care Network provides care to Veterans across the nation at VA Medical Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, and Vet Centers. Many of these facilities offer health care programs for homeless Veterans, including mental health services. In the Greater Seattle area there is the VA Clinic in Lake City, the VA Hospital on Beacon Hill and the American Lake facility adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, just south of Lakewood.


For specialized attention relating to PTSD, there is a Joint Service Committee that meets twice weekly (Tues & Wed) at the American Legion hall in MLT. Their phone is (425) 776-5490. They are very good, they keep their own computerized records, privately stored and they get results for veterans from the VA. They know how to file appeals which is useful since the VA is usually quite quick to deny claims. 


Housing Assistance
There are many federal housing programs that can support homeless Veterans and their families. There is a facility referred to as "Building 9" within the grounds of the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard, WA that provides Transitional Housing for 60 veterans (male or female).


The Program Manager for Building 9 is Dennis Brown: Desk Phone (360) 895-4382 / Cell Phone (206) 437-3331. For Contact Info, call (800) 562-2308. To be eligible for Building 9, a veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Honorably Discharged, must have been clean & sober for the last 30 days, desires to stay that way, desires to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living, willing to undergo a criminal background check and must have been homeless for more than one night. 


Most veterans are referred by the Federal VA Medical Center Homeless Coordinators. They can  be reached at (253) 582-8440. In the near future, there will be another Building 9 being setup in the Washington Soldier's Home in Orting, WA. 


Also within the grounds of the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard, WA is a fully operational 230-bed Nursing Home. A veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Honorably Discharged, must be a resident of WA State and must need medical assistance to qualify. The spouse, widow or Gold Star Parents of an eligible veteran also qualify. 


For further information, or a tour, of the Nursing Home at the Washington Veterans HOme in Port Orchard, WA, contact (360) 895-4700 or (800-562-2308. Also the current Sr Vice Commander, VFW Dept of Washington, John Rust, is also willing to give you a tour. He can be reached at  (360) 876-3885. For an application, call (360) 895-4700.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) partner to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans.  Learn more about HUD-VASH.


Employment Assistance
VA has many employment and training programs that provide homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles within their communities. Learn more about VA employment programs.


Foreclosure Assistance
If you have a VA loan but are having trouble making your mortgage payments, it is very important that you take steps to avoid a foreclosure. VA may be able to help. Learn more about Foreclosure Assistance.


How to Apply
Each VA Regional Office has a Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator who is a direct point of contact for you to learn more about what benefits you qualify for, assist you with applying for those benefits, and refer you to other organizations and resources that will help you get back on your feet.


To find your local Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator, please call VA's National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838), or call our Service Officer, Tim Miller, at (206) 661-6891.

 

Housing Assistance

There are many federal housing programs that can support homeless Veterans and their families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) partner to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans. Learn more about HUD-VASH.


Employment Assistance
VA has many employment and training programs that provide homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles within their communities. Learn more about VA employment programs.


Foreclosure Assistance
If you have a VA loan but are having trouble making your mortgage payments, it is very important that you take steps to avoid a foreclosure. VA may be able to help. Learn more about Foreclosure Assistance.

 

How to Apply

Each VA Regional Office has a Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator who is a direct point of contact for you to learn more about what benefits you qualify for, assist you with applying for those benefits, and refer you to other organizations and resources that will help you get back on your feet.


For your local Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator, call VA's National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

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