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VA Benefit Programs for Veterans

VA Benefits for Homeless Veterans

 
In general, homeless veterans may be eligible for a range of VA and State of Texas benefits just like any other veteran. For more on these benefits, click on the blue Veterans Benefits button at left.
 
Specifically, the VA offers a number of services for homeless veterans from housing assistance to mental health assistance.  Listed below are just a few of these services.  Contact the VA Homeless Program in Ft Worth at (817) 255-7150 for more information.  
 
 
VA Employment Opportunities for Homeless Veterans
 
Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
The VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program is comprised of three unique programs, which assist homeless veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work Experience, and Supported Employment. This therapeutic work program provides vocational re-training for homeless veterans, allowing them to prepare to re-enter the workforce while earning income. The Transitional Work Experience program places veterans at industrial locations and functions as a temporary employment service. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is the higher. The Transitional Residence program provides a home environment for veterans who are enrolled in the CWT program. For veterans in Ft Worth, contact the CWT Coordinator at (817) 255-7123 or (817) 255-7150. This program is currently available in Dallas and Bonham.
 
Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP)
The VA's Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing support 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.
 
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program
The VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Services that may be provided include: Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment; employment services; assistance finding and keeping a job; On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeship, and non-paid work experiences. For information about possible employment services in their area, veterans can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline at (877) 424-3838. For more information about this benefit, go to www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/.
 

VA Housing Assistance for Homeless Veterans
 
Patriot House, Ft Worth
The Presbyterian Night Shelter, working in partnership with the VA, operates one of the most successful veterans’ transitional housing programs in the United States to secure and retain employment for homeless veteran clients, move them into permanent housing, and eliminate or minimize barriers to continued self-sufficiency. Contact the Patriot House at (817) 632-7400 or visit their website at www.pns-tc.org/web/.
 
Liberty House, Ft Worth
Liberty House is a transitional housing program that offers veterans the opportunity to live and work in a safe and drug free environment while practicing their recovery skills. MHMR of Tarrant County manages the facility and has a staff of trained professionals who are experienced in helping people overcome the problems associated with mental illness and addictive behaviors. Contact the Liberty House at (817) 569-4659 or visit their website at libertyhouse.mhmrtc.org/.
 
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
The VA's 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 and per diem program at www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.asp.
 
HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program
The VA's 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 at www.va.gov/HOMELESS/HUD-VASH.asp.
 
Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program
The VA's 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.
 
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program
The VA's 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 at www.va.gov/HOMELESS/SSVF.asp.
 
Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program
The VA's Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program has been providing medical services to disadvantaged veterans since the Civil War. Today’s DCHV program uses modern, advanced medical techniques in a residential setting for 24/7 support that enables veterans to live independent, fulfilling, and healthy lives. The VA North Texas Healthcare System has a comprehensive inpatient assessment, treatment and rehabilitation program specifically for homeless veterans. Visit their website at www.va.gov/homeless/dchv.asp for more information.
 
 
VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
 
The VA offers many health care programs for homeless veterans. Homeless veterans that need medical assistance should immediately contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 424-3838 to speak to a trained VA responder. The call is free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use the service. When the veteran calls, they will be connected to a trained VA responder. The responder will ask a few questions to assess your needs.
 
Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program
The 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. This program focuses on identifying homeless veterans who need to initiate services with the VA North Texas Health Care System. Health Care for Homeless Veterans is available in Dallas, Bonham, and Fort Worth.

Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H_PACTs) Program
The 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. Get more information at www.va.gov/homeless/h_pact.asp.
 
Homeless Veterans Dental Program
The 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. Get more information at www.va.gov/homeless/dental.asp.

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups)
The VA's 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 go to www.va.gov/homeless/chaleng.asp.
 

VA Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans
 
Veteran Justice Outreach Program
The Veteran Justice Outreach Program 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. For more information, go to www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp. In North Texas, call a Justice Outreach Specialist at (214) 857-2252, (214) 857-2260 or (903) 583-6241 for more information.
 
Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program
The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through support including those addressing mental health and substance use problems. For more information, go to www.va.gov/homeless/reentry.asp.
 
Readjustment Counseling Service's Vet Center Programs
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. Go to www.vetcenter.va.gov/ for more information. In North Texas, call (817) 274-0981, (817) 921-9095 or (214) 361-5896.
 

Contact information for Comprehensive Homeless Center or Domiciliary in the North Texas area
Fort Worth Veterans Industries Program - Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Work Experience Programs
101 New York Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 255-7160
 
Fort Worth Outreach and Housing Program
1518 E. Lancaster
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 255-7150
 
Director, Comprehensive Homeless Center and
Domiciliary Residential and Rehabilitation Treatment Program
4500 S. Lancaster Road #116A
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 857-4182
 
Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV)
@ The Bridge, Homeless Assistance Center
1818 Corsicana St.
Services Building, 1st Floor (Outreach Location)
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 670-1118, (214) 670-1117, (214) 670-1123

Health Care for Homeless Veteran Program (HCHV)
Administrative Office
4504 Bronze Way
Dallas, TX 75236
(214) 467-1864
 
VA Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd. #116A
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 857-0803
 
Transitional Work Experience and Supportive Employment
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd. #116A
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 857-1469
 
Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans
Dallas VA Medical Center
4500 S. Lancaster Rd. #181
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 857-1124
 
Veterans Rehabilitation Program
Compensated Work Therapy (VRP-CWT) & PHLAG Program
4504 Bronze Way
Dallas, TX 75236
(214) 467-1800
 
Veterans Industries and Transitional Residence
Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center
1201 E. 9th St.
Bonham, TX 75418
(903) 583-6244
 
Bonham Domiciliary
Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center
1201 E. 9th St.
Bonham, TX 75418
 
Other Resources
 
The National Coalition of Homeless Veterans has a guide called "Planning for Your Release, A Guide for Incarcerated Veterans" that also has helpful information/resources that can be used by homeless veterans as well. You can view the guide at www.nchv.org/images/uploads/Dec09ReEntryGuide.pdf.
 
The Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education's has a guide called Take Charge of Your Future that has a wealth of knowledge on educational resources for incarcerated individuals reintegrating into society.  To see a copy of the guide, go to www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/take-charge-your-future.pdf.


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