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VA Healthcare System Serving Ohio, Indiana and Michigan


VISN 10 Health Care for Homeless Veterans

To Help a Homeless Veteran Now: Contact VA's National Homeless Call Center 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)

VA Healthcare System of Ohio (VISN 10) have staff at the respective medical center to provide assistance. 

James Kennelly
Network Homeless Coordinator
VA Medical Center, Cleveland
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-791-2300 ext. 5817
VISN 10 Home Page 

Kathleen Penman
HCHV Coordinator
VA Medical Center, Cleveland
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-391-0264 ext. 2028
Cleveland Home Page 

Amy Combs
HCHV Coordinator
VA Medical Center, Chillicothe
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: 740-773-1141 ext. 6477
Chillicothe Home Page
Carl Landry
Coordinator, Community Outreach Division
Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center
420 North James Road
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-257-5206
Columbus Home Page
Sally R. Hammitt
Director, Community Outreach Division
VA Medical Center, Cincinnati
909 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-977-6807
Cincinnati Home Page 
Bobette Hart-Nelms
HCHV Coordinator
VA Medical Center, Dayton
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45428
Phone: 937-268-6511 ext. 1364
Dayton Home Page 

The following programs are available to Homeless Veterans throughout VISN 10:

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV):
The core mission of HCHV is outreach. VA social workers and other mental health staff:
• Identify homeless Veterans  eligible for VA programs
• Assist homeless Veterans to access health care and benefits

Besides outreach, HCHV also contracts for community-based residential treatment.

Grant & Per Diem (GPD) Program:
VA offers this program each year based on funding. This program supports homeless Veterans through funds for:
• Community agencies to provide transitional housing or service centers
• Construction, purchase, or renovation of buildings
• Purchase of vans to provide outreach and services
• Per diems  to grantees to help off-set expenses

Housing & Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH):
The HUD-VASH program is for homeless Veterans who are able to live independently:
• Through support for housing and case management
• With Section 8 vouchers to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs)
• With housing options close to case management services

This program has shown success in meeting the needs of special at risk Veterans:
• Veterans homeless longer than a year or homeless more than four times in the past three years
• Veterans with families
• Women Veterans
• Veterans with disabilities

Supported Housing:
VA staff in this homeless Veterans’ program:
• Help find permanent housing without t Section 8 Vouchers
• Work with Veterans Service Organizations to find housing
• Provide case management and clinical support to help Veterans remain in their housing

Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF):
SSVF is for very low-income Veterans and their families and provides:
• Support services for those in or moving to permanent housing
• Grants to private non-profits and others who can offer the type of support services that promote housing stability

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment (MHRRTP):
This VA service is managed through the Domiciliary Care Program and provides:
• State-of-the art Residential Rehabilitation
• High quality Treatment Services

This service is for Veterans who have one or more of the issues listed:
• Multiple and severe medical problems
• Mental illness
• Addiction
• Psychosocial issues (homelessness, loss of income, family instability)

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
This program is for disadvantaged, at-risk, and homeless Veterans.  Housing and work are both parts of VRS:

1. Compensated Work Therapy (CWT):  VA contracts with industry and the public sector for Veterans to work and:
• Learn new job skills
• Relearn good work habits
• Earn a sense of self-esteem and self-worth

2. Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing support to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV)
This program is for Veterans who are released from prison. It is designed to help Veterans:
• Re-enter their community successfully
• Avoid homelessness
• Lessen the impact found with medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse problems
• Decrease the risk for re-incarceration

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)
This program ensures that eligible justice-involved Veterans have:
• Access to mental health and substance abuse programs when needed
• Access to other VA services and benefits

The purpose of VJO is to:
• Help Veterans avoid jail time as a result of their mental illness
• Avoid lengthy jail times as a result of mental illness or substance abuse issues

More information on VA programs can be found at Mental Health.