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					HOMELESS VETERANS


 RON RIDGEWAY & JOHN WIMBERLY


  TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION
I. VA DEFINITION OF HOMELESS

A) Individual who lacks a fixed, regular and nighttime residence.

B) Individual who has a primary nighttime residence
    that is ~
          1.) Supervised public or private shelter.
          2.) Institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended
              to be institutionalized.
          3.) Public or private place not designed for ordinary or regular
              accommodations for human beings.
C) Who is a veteran
          1.) Based upon discharge from active duty with other
              than a dishonorable discharge.
          2.) May vary depending on type and length of service
          3.) Refer to eligibility criteria for VA Compensation
              and Pension Benefits.
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II. HOMELESS VETERAN STATISTS


A. 200,000 Homeless Veterans Nationwide
B. 25% of Homeless are Veterans
C. 4% Homeless Veterans are Women
III. REASONS FOR HOMELESSNESS

 A. Substance Abuse (Drugs/Alcohol)
 B. Mental Illness
 C. Employment
   D. Lack of Family & Social Support
     IV. NEEDS OF HOMELESS

A.   Permanent Housing
B.   Transportation
C.   Transitional Housing
D.   Medical Care
E.   Job Assistance
    V. NEEDS COVERED BY VA

A. Health/Medical
B. Compensation or Pension when eligible
    1. Priority Processing on VARO Claims
     VI.     HOMELESS PROGRAMS

A.   Grant and per diem program annually (as finding permits)
     the VA to fund community agencies who provide
     transitional housing or service centers for homeless
     veterans.
B.   Multifamily Transitional Housing
C.   Veteran Industries
     1. Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
     2. Transitional Residence Program (TR)
D.   Domiciliary Care For Homeless Veterans
E.   Supported Housing
F.    Drop in Centers
VII. COLLABORATION OF RESOURCES


A. National Coalition for Homeless
   Veterans
   1. US Vets
   2. Local Providers
   3. Texas Homeless Network
   4. HUD
         VIII. STANDDOWN


A. Provides one stop shopping for needs of
   homeless.

B. Provides access to
   multi-services.
IX.      TEXAS INTERAGENCY COUNCIL
         FOR THE HOMELESS (TICH)

A.    Created in 1989 to coordinate homeless resources
      and services in the State of Texas. For all agencies
      dealing with homeless.
B.    TICH is responsible for Annual Report to
      Governor’s Office.
C.    TVC responsibility to TICH
      1. Coordinate with other providers.
      2. Provide Technical Assistance.
      3. Develop coordination of services within TVC.
      4. Maintain Central Resource Center.
 X.       HOMELESS CONTACTS FOR
          REFERRALS OR ASSISTANCE

A.    National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
       333 ½ Pennsylvania Ave., SE
       Washington, D.C. 20003-1148
       202/546-1969
       202/462-4822
       1-800-VET-HELP
       www.nchv.org
B.    Texas Homeless Network
      1713 Fortview Road
      Austin, Texas 78704
      512/482-8270
XI. HOMELESS LOG SHEET TO REPORT
CONTACTS WITH HOMELESS VETERANS


A. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT

B. PRIORITY MAIL
Questions?

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