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.
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
D. Lack of Family & Social Support
IV. NEEDS OF HOMELESS
A. Permanent Housing
C. Transitional Housing
D. Medical Care
E. Job Assistance
V. NEEDS COVERED BY VA
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
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
1. US Vets
2. Local Providers
3. Texas Homeless Network
A. Provides one stop shopping for needs of
B. Provides access to
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
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
B. Texas Homeless Network
1713 Fortview Road
Austin, Texas 78704
XI. HOMELESS LOG SHEET TO REPORT
CONTACTS WITH HOMELESS VETERANS
A. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT
B. PRIORITY MAIL