The Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Team is the gateway to begin the homeless Veteran’s recovery. HCHV Social Workers are clinically trained mental health providers who interview veterans to determine what assistance and interventions are most appropriate to meet the veteran’s unique needs. They connect homeless veterans with the VA eligibility office. If the veteran is eligible, the Social Worker facilitates referrals for physical and mental health evaluations and/or to programs which are the most appropriate for the veteran, such as:
Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP)
The mission of the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP – or Dom) is to provide an opportunity for motivated, at-risk veterans to participate in a residential, rehabilitative therapeutic community in order to assist the veteran in achieving his/her optimal level of functioning and to return to independent community living. The Dom is a short-term residential rehabilitation program where eligible veterans live and learn skills needed to live in the community and avoid a return to homelessness. Residents in the Domiciliary Care Program participate in a full range of rehabilitation services. This includes physical, behavioral, spiritual, psychosocial, addiction counseling, vocational, dietary, Occupational Therapy and interventions. In addition to the Dom programming, medical and mental health needs may be treated as needed by other staff (i.e. psychiatry, dental, PTSD Team, women’s clinic) during the resident’s stay. The Dom does not provide shelter-type housing. Veterans in the program must be willing to participate in the treatment activities while they are living here.
HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH)
The Orlando VAMC’s HUD-VASH program is a joint effort between HUD and VA to move veterans and their families out of homelessness and into permanent housing. HUD provides housing assistance through its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) that allows homeless veterans to rent privately owned housing. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its health care system across six Central Florida counties (Brevard, Volusia, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake). For more information, please contact Christian Betancourt, HUD-VASH Program Support Assistant, at (321) 397-6312.
Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Transitional Housing
VA's Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually (as funding permits) by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs to fund community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Orlando’s HCHV GPD team is currently partnering with several community organizations. For more information on eligibility and full descriptions of the programs, click here.
Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)
The purpose of the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among veterans by ensuring that eligible justice-involved veterans have timely access to VHA mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.
For more information regarding VJO services, please contact: Sherri Claudio, LCSW, (407) 844-8214, or Brian Kurz, LCSW, (321) 397-6615.
Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
Designed to help veterans regain psychosocial stability, learn the skills needed to prevent a return to homelessness and return to competitive employment. This is a 30-120 day track and may be combined with one of the other two tracks, depending on the veteran’s needs. For more information on local CWT services, contact the DRRTP office at (321) 397-6209 or (321) 397-6208. Please click here for more information.
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HCHV Social Workers also serve as case managers for homeless veterans until they are involved with another program or are housed. Non-eligible veterans may be referred to resources for assistance with their military discharge status or to community agencies that can provide direct services to the veteran. For more information, please contact Ken Mueller, LCSW, HCHV Program Coordinator, at (321) 397-6609, or Andrea Rolle, HCHV Program Support Assistant, at (321) 397-6885.