and REBUILDING LIVES
VHVH operates as a low-barrier, 24-bed transitional housing project, providing a safe and secure living environment with three free meals per day. Veterans are referred to VHVH by a variety of agencies, including the VA and other local service providers involved in Winston-Salem’ s comprehensive efforts to end homelessness in our community. Veterans can also self-refer.
Once admitted to VHVH, veterans can remain up to 24 months while they receive supportive services to address the physical, mental, substance abuse, financial and legal issues that have been barriers to acquiring permanent housing. Most have jobs and/or are pursuing additional job training and education while living here. The bedrooms at VHVH house from two to four participants each. Common areas include a kitchen, dining space, a workout facility, outdoor recreational space, computer work station, and a community room where participants engage in leisure activities. The camaraderie and emotional support our veterans receive from living among other veterans often plays a key role in helping them achieve their goals.
The VHVH program focuses on each individual’s strengths, helping him design his own Individual Service Plan (ISP) tailored to his needs. The ISP’s documented, measurable goals and objectives are each participant’s guide for successfully transitioning to permanent, stable housing as rapidly as clinically possible. As part of the ISP process, case managers help applicants choose the most appropriate supportive services and work with them on a weekly basis, supporting them and documenting their progress. VHVH also provides the veteran with follow-up services after exit, even if the participant is not successfully discharged to permanent housing.
VHVH offers support services in 4 key areas
Including literacy, time-management and social skills, and treatment for substance abuse, health, and mental health issues
Including education, job training and securing employment
Executive Function Skills
Including securing benefits, budgeting and finance, and planning and completing projects
Including obtaining permanent housing and finding continued long-term community support services after leaving
There is no age requirement. Any veteran who has been honorably discharged and is in need of our services can be admitted. Currently, most of our residents in their 40s and 50s.
Any male veteran who has been honorably discharged is eligible if he is:
- Struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues
- Has been chronically homeless; and
- Is committed to making the life changes necessary to maintain permanent housing and achieve a better quality of life.
What is more important is each resident’s commitment to change and to VHVH’s goal and purpose.
Our facility is not designed to house both men and women with separate bathrooms, etc. It is important to note, though, that 90% of homeless veterans are male.
No, VHVH is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization owned by The North Carolina Housing Foundation, Inc.
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