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Annually, about 300 homeless veterans live in Winston-Salem. Some of these realize they need to make a change. They access mental health and/or substance abuse treatment through the VA. The VA may refer them for participation in the VHVH program. Other agencies working with the homeless may refer veterans to VHVH or veterans may self-refer and apply for our program directly.

VHVH provides a holistic approach that goes far beyond simply providing temporary shelter. Our residents can remain for up to 24 months while they receive the services for mental health and substance abuse issues, gain employment and learn important life skills. Our results show that our program works: 85% of our graduates are successfully living in permanent housing and experiencing a better quality of life.

VHVH receives most of its funding through the Veterans Administration, which pays a per diem rate per resident, per day. Our residents also pay modest fees from salaries they receive while holding jobs with our work program partners. However, these funds are not enough to cover our needs. Extras such as repairs and renovations to the building, replacing of worn-out furniture, and transportation to and from work and VA appointments, are not covered. VHVH raises private funds from individuals, foundations and organizations to help with these needs.

Due to the streamlined structure of our operations and programming, a financial contribution is the best way to support our veterans.

For businesses, learn about the VHVH Works program and consider employing our veterans.

We have unique needs from time to time and are interested in speakers that may be inspiring and educational for our veterans. Click here for more information regarding Other Ways to Support.

Our veterans range in age and the range varies as new veterans enter the program and others leave. Most of our men are in their 40s and 50s currently, but we expect that range to shift younger over time.

Our technical requirements are pretty basic as you can see below.

  1. Male
  2. Chronically homeless veteran
  3. Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse diagnosis

What is more important is each resident’s commitment to change and to VHVH’s goal and purpose.

Simply because 90% of homeless veterans are male and we only have 24 beds.

No, VHVH is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization owned by The North Carolina Housing Foundation, Inc.

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If you have additional questions or a request for more information, we will be glad to assist you.

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