The SolutionVEO's "Housing First" Approach provides the necessary supportive services (shelter, food, and clothing as well as access to their VA medical benefits by tracking and transporting the veterans to the hospital for their appointments) that are critical to stabilization of all veterans, but particularly those with PTSD & (TBI). Veterans are provided with safe, accessible, emergency supportive housing until permanent housing is available to them. The only requirements are that they be homeless and have their DD214. (The DD214 is discharge documentation from the military, which we help the veterans get a copy of, as part of our FIIT intake process.)
We accept homeless veterans from the streets of Atlanta into our unique Rapid Rehousing to Permanent Housing Program. Our veterans are provided with safe, accesible, emergency housing until permanent housing is available to them. The only requirements are that they be homeless and have their DD214. ( The DD214 is discharge documentation from the military,which we help our veterans obtain a copy of)
The treadmill of a warehouse shelter, to soup kitchen, to begging for $10 to get back in line to hopefully get a bed in the shelter leaves the homeless exhausted at the end of the day just trying to survive. This leaves no time or energy to recover mentally and physically from being homeless.
Other programs require pre-existing conditions before offering housing to Homeless Veterans, but not VEO Of Georgia.
Factors Of Homelessness
Our Housing 1st Approach prevents further damage for Homeless Veterans who are seeking help. There shouldn't be any questions of preexisting conditions in order to receive a service that every Homeless Veteran deserves.
Independence Brings Renewal
Our transitional housing program provides a caring supportive environment to allow our veterans to rebuild their lives by returning the dignity of self sufficiency lost to the circumstances that left them homeless. The Veterans Empowerment Organization Of Georgia works in conjunction with many partner agencies to provide a comprehensive support environment.
VEO currently owns 18 unit - two bedroom apartment complexes, and VEO is using these units to provide 60 transitional supportive beds to the 60 clients in the transitional housing program at no cost to our clients. VEO is working towards owning more units to provide more permanent - affordable supportive housing, but in the meantime, VEO subleases two bedroom apartments to our clients who have graduated to permanent housing. The clients pay a flat fee that includes rent and utilities and they share the apartment with one other person.
Our staff meets with clients at least once a month to ensure that they are continuing to work towards self sufficiency. This is a cost effective model because it is self-supported by the clients. Just a little money up front enables the agency to offer an immediate and affordable housing option to those who receive a fixed income such as SSI or SSDI. The ultimate goal is to continue to move our clients forward and get them into their own apartment or house.
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