HOMELESS VETERAN INFORMATION
Make the Call.
You Fought for Our Home. We'll Fight for Yours.
If you need housing assistance, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET.
When you call:
- You will be connected to a trained VA responder.
- The responder will ask a few questions to assess your needs.
- If you’re a Veteran, you may be connected with the Homeless Program point of contact at the nearest VA facility.
- Contact information will be requested so staff may follow up.
Project Home: Providing Supportive Services to Veterans Who are Facing Homelessness (SSVF)
MSHDA – Michigan State Housing Development Authority
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.
American Legion helps homeless vets
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that between 150,000 and 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, about twice as many veterans temporarily find themselves without a roof over their heads. By some credible estimates, veterans account for nearly one-fourth of all homeless people in the United States.
Most homeless veterans are single and male; about half suffer from substance abuse and/or mental health problems. One of three homeless veterans was stationed in a war zone, and two out of three served our country in uniform for at least three years. VA has become one of America's largest providers of homeless service, helping more than 100,000 veterans each year. VA also collaborates with community service providers, such as The American Legion, to expand its efforts even farther.
The American Legion wants to help as a "force multiplier," enabling posts and homeless providers across the United States in their efforts to provide homes to veterans. "We may not have the job-specific expertise in the fields of social work and mental health," said Ron Chamrin, assistant director of the Legion's National Economic Commission, "but we do have a huge number of potential volunteers, with an impressive network of resources within their communities."
The American Legion augments homeless veteran providers with technical assistance, employment placement, employment referral, claims assistance, veterans' benefits assistance and - in some cases - housing for homeless veterans;
it also provides transportation, food, clothing, cash and in-kind donations. In each Legion department, service officers help homeless veterans with VA compensation and pension claims, and are fierce advocates for ensuring that all VA benefits are made available to homeless veterans.
DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN THE AMERICAN LEGION
To coordinate efforts of The Michigan American Legion Family in supplementing efforts to assist homeless veterans that they may encounter and to supplement where possible existing homeless veterans providers and to support the mission and objectives of the National American Legion Homeless Veterans Task Force.
Provide financial and in-kind Donations
Programmatic Expertise and Guidance
Encourage Michigan Legion Family Participation with Homeless Veterans Organizations
Coordinate track and record Michigan Legion Family efforts on behalf of homeless veterans
"No United States Veteran Should Ever Be Homeless"
Department HVTFC Award Winner Craig Tillman, PDC Dick Chatman, Dearborn MI Mayor John O'Reilly and members of Soldier's On who provide implement permanent housing projects for formerly homeless veterans.
A sheltered homeless individual Veteran (SHIV) is a homeless Veteran who uses emergency shelters or transitional housing facilities
The American Legion coordinates a Homeless Veterans Task Force (HVTF) amongst its 55 departments. Our goal is to augment existing homeless veteran providers, the VA Network Homeless Coordinators, and the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), Disabled Veterans Outreach Personnel (DVOPs) and local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs).
In addition to augmentation, we then attempt to fill in the gaps where there is no coverage. Each of The American Legion’s Departments contains an HVTF Chairman and an Employment chairman. These two individuals coordinate activities with The American Legion’s local posts within their state.
The three tiered coordination of these two chairmen and numerous local posts attempt to symbiotically assist homeless veterans and prevent future homelessness.
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