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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Armstrong County Community Action Agency, Housing Assistance Program - SSVFProvides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. May provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
    • Health care services
    • Daily living services
    • Personal financial planning services
    • Transportation services
    • Fiduciary and payee services
    • Legal services
    • Child care services
    • Housing counseling services
    May also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
    ArmstrongHousing Assistance ProgramArmstrong County Community Action Agency
    Center for Community Resources - SSVFProvides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. May provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
    • Health care services
    • Daily living services
    • Personal financial planning services
    • Transportation services
    • Fiduciary and payee services
    • Legal services
    • Child care services
    • Housing counseling services
    May also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
    ButlerHome and School SupportsCenter for Community Resources Butler County
    Community Action Partnership of Mercer County - Supportive Services for Veterans Families ProgramProvides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Under this program, CAPMC aims to improve very low-income Veteran families’ housing stability in Mercer County. CAPMC will provide eligible Veterans and their families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
    • Health care services
    • Daily living services
    • Personal financial planning services
    • Transportation services
    • Fiduciary and payee services
    • Legal services
    • Child care services
    • Housing counseling services
    In addition, veterans may also be eligible for time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help them and their families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
    MercerCommunity Action Partnership of Mercer County - HousingCommunity Action Partnership of Mercer County
    Cornerstone - Supportive Services for Veteran FamiliesProvides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. May provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
    • Health care services
    • Daily living services
    • Personal financial planning services
    • Transportation services
    • Fiduciary and payee services
    • Legal services
    • Child care services
    • Housing counseling services
    May also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis.
    BeaverCornerstoneCornerstone
    Gaudenzia - New ImageResidential substance abuse treatment facility for homeless women located in the Stenton Family Manor in the City of Philadelphia. A woman can bring up to two children under the age of 10 into treatment with her or be pregnant with no other dependent children. Accommodate 17 adult women and 34 children. The program is clinically designed as a therapeutic community, an established treatment modality that emphasizes responsible behavior. Besides receiving clinical care relating to chemical dependency, the women also receive parenting skills workshops, and child development intervention services. There is a day care and prevention component for the children. On-site services include individual and group counseling, milieu therapy (in-house work and interaction), family counseling, life skills seminars, drug and alcohol education seminars, GED classes, vocational planning, parenting skills. Other services include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and 12 step meetings and urinalysis screening. Transitional living housing option based on completion and availability ( in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services).<>If interested women do not presently have custody of their children, reunification must happen within 60 days after admission to the program. Must meet Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria for long-term residential treatment. Women will be evaluated on an individual basis if on psychotropic medication.PhiladelphiaGaudenzia - New ImageGaudenzia, Inc
    Maria House ProjectMinistry serving men who are suffering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse imprisonment, homelessness, gambling or mental health issues.ErieMaria House ProjectMaria House Project
    New Hope ShelterA 30-day stay is offered to homeless men, women, and children. Without cost, we provide two meals a day, lodging, and laundry facilities. Each resident receives personal case management and attends training classes that are designed to secure housing and employment. At the end of the initial 30 days, qualifying residents who need additional time to find housing may be invited to enter an extended stay program. We follow a three step strategy to transition residents into permanent housing. 1. Find employment or income 2. Begin saving and living on a budget 3. Secure affordable housingFranklinWaynesboro New Hope ShelterWaynesboro New Hope Shelter
    Pennsylvania American Legion - Housing for Homeless VeteransPennsylvania American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans Corporation owns four town houses on Cypress Street, Moon Township in Allegheny County and provides a safe,clean, stable environment for veterans while they complete their schooling, job training and become adequately self sufficient to seek permanent housing in the surrounding community. Each participant is responsible to take part in cleaning of the house, cooking and maintaining the jointly used facilities. Each is also responsible for keeping his/her assigned area clean and doing their own laundry. The program is designed to enhance the quality of life for the veteran. The goal is to become a productive tax paying citizen by securing a good decent job.AlleghenyAmerican Legion, Pennsylvania American LegionAmerican Legion
    Pittsburgh Mercy Health System - Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Mercy Health System's Operation Safety Net (OSN)is a medical and social service outreach program for the unsheltered homeless population in Allegheny County. Teams of volunteer health professionals, formerly homeless persons, and other outreach staff visit homeless individuals where they live – in camps along riverbanks, in alleyways, or beneath bridges and highway overpasses. Outreach teams provide medical care, basic supplies to provide relief from cold weather, and help individuals access housing and other social services.AlleghenyPittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mercy Community Health, Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Pittsburgh Mercy Health System - Project H.E.L.P.Homeless Experience Legal Protection provides private attorneys who will provide pro bono legal services once at month at the Operation Safety Net (OSN) office. Provides legal services at a location that the homeless are familiar with and trust.AlleghenyPittsburgh Mercy Health System, Mercy Community Health, Operation Safety NetPittsburgh Mercy Health System
    Shelter of Franklin CountyProvide temporary emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals. Also provide short-term case management and referral services in order to aid participants in stabilizing their lives. Shelter is provided on a week-to-week basis.FranklinSouth Central Community Action Programs, Franklin CountySouth Central Community Action Program, SCCAP
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans ProgramThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program: Health CareThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our Veterans return from service with wounds we cannot always see. VA is committed to providing our Veterans with the mental health services they deserve. Too often, the emotional scars of service can contribute to Veteran homelessness or place Veterans at risk of homelessness. VA offers many mental health services for Veterans to help them get back on their feet. VA provides a variety of programs and services that Veterans can take advantage of, including:
    • Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program Domiciliary care was initially established to provide services to economically-disadvantaged Veterans, and it remains committed to serving that group. The Domiciliary has evolved from a "Soldiers' Home" to become an active clinical rehabilitation and treatment program for male and female Veterans and domiciliary programs are now integrated with the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs). Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program
    • Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program VA's Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program offers outreach, exams, treatment, referrals, and case management to homeless Veterans at more than 135 sites where trained, caring VA specialists provide tools and support necessary to get your life on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline, 1-877-4AID-VET, or visit the page.Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program
    • Homeless Veterans Dental Program VA's Homeless Veterans Dental Program provides dental treatment for eligible Veterans in a number of programs: Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, VA Grant and Per Diem, Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (contract bed), and Community Residential Care. VA is working to expand dental care to all eligible Veterans within this program. Homeless Veterans Dental Program
    Visit website for additional information on these programs. Local Health Care for Homeless Veterans coordinators list
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans Program: Mental Health Services for VeteransThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA's programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our Veterans return from service with wounds we cannot always see. VA is committed to providing our Veterans with the mental health services they deserve. Too often, the emotional scars of service can contribute to Veteran homelessness or place Veterans at risk of homelessness. VA offers many mental health services for Veterans to help them get back on their feet. VA provides a variety of programs and services that Veterans can take advantage of, including:
    • Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program Domiciliary care was initially established to provide services to economically-disadvantaged Veterans, and it remains committed to serving that group. The Domiciliary has evolved from a "Soldiers' Home" to become an active clinical rehabilitation and treatment program for male and female Veterans and domiciliary programs are now integrated with the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs). Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program
    • Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative VA’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative provides substance use services in the community to aid homeless Veterans’ recovery.
    • Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs feature community-based locations and outreach activities that help to identify and match homeless Veterans with necessary services.
    • VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program offers outreach, exams, treatment, referrals, and case management to Veterans who are homeless and dealing with mental health issues, including substance use. At more than 135 HCHV sites, trained, caring VA specialists provide the tools and support necessary for Veterans to get their lives on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit Learn more about the HCHV Program.
    Visit website for additional information on these programs.
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Homeless Veterans ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - National Call Center for Homeless Veterans and Project CHALENGNational Call Center for homeless veterans or veterans at-risk of homelessness. Callers will be connected to trained hotline staff who will conduct a brief screening to assess needs; homeless veterans will be connected with the Homeless Point of Contact at the nearest VA facility; family members and non-VA providers calling on behalf of a homeless Veteran will be provided with information regarding the homeless programs and services available; contact information will be requested so staff may follow-up. Services offered to homeless veterans, veterans at risk of homelessness and their families: - Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) - Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) - Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program - HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program - Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program - Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVF) - Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program - Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program - Homeless Veterans Dental Program - Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Educational and Networking Groups) - Veteran Justice Outreach - Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative - Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program - Readjustment Counseling Service's Vet Center ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs - Information and Referral HotlinesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Leadership Program - Airborne HousingThe Airborne Housing Program serves 25 veterans who are homeless and generally are unemployed. This 18 month supportive housing program helps the veteran transition from homelessness and unemployment to living independently and being employed. The program provides life skills training, individualized goal setting and job preparation / employment training AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program Housing ProgramsVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Leadership Program - Homeless Veterans Reintegration ProgramThe Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) at VLP provides services to homeless, unemployed, or underemployed Veterans. Veterans Leadership Program’s HVRP Job Club is tailored to meet the needs of this group of Veterans and is held 4 times each year. During Job Club, participants meet for 8 days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Some sessions feature morning and afternoon segments, and lunch is provided if the Veteran stays for both. When Job Club wraps up for the day, Veterans are given bus tickets so they can return for the following session.AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program-Homeless Veterans Reintegration ProgramVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Leadership Program - Independence Housing ProgramScattered site permanent housing for homeless US Veterans with disabilities, including drug & alcohol dependency.AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program Housing ProgramsVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Leadership Program - Liberty Housing ProgramServes nine veterans who are homeless, underemployed and who have a disability. Provides life skills training, individualized goal setting, job preparation and/or employment.AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program Housing ProgramsVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)Participants must be a Veteran or a member of a family in which the head of the household, or the spouse of the head of the household, is a veteran; household income can't exceed 50% of annual median income; participants must meet one of the following categories: residing in permanent housing, homeless and scheduled to become a resident of permanent housing in 90 days, or exited permanent housing within 90 days to seek other housing; possible assistance with rental, utility, child care, transportation, car repairs, etc.AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA - Veterans BenefitsVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Leadership Program - Project JourneyProvides and expands services that address the challenges experienced by homeless, poor and middle class veterans in Allegheny County. Brings together agencies that currently serve female Veterans to provide for basic needs, shelter, counseling, peer mentoring and other supportive services.AlleghenyVeterans Leadership Program - Project JourneyVeterans Leadership Program of Western PA
    Veterans Place of Washington BoulevardVeterans Place of Washington Boulevard provides housing and supportive services to homeless military Veterans through a partnership with the Veterans Administration. Offers homeless Veterans an array of facilities and services that build residential stability and self-determination and increase a Veteran's earning potential and success in long-term competitive employment. Services to help veterans to transition from homeless to home include:
    • Meals,
    • Clothing,
    • Groceries,
    • Transportation for program participants,
    • Case management,
    • Referrals,
    • Recovery support,
    • Mental health support,
    • Employment assistance,
    • Financial and Education support.
    AlleghenyVeterans Place of Washington BoulevardVeterans Place of Washington Boulevard
    Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard - Homeless Veterans Day ProgramVeterans Place of Washington Boulevard, Homeless Veterans Day Program provides weekday services for Pittsburgh's homeless veterans and includes breakfast & lunch, showers and clothing,financial literacy, life skills, medical/legal and employment assistance. Shuttle available from area shelters. AlleghenyVeterans Place of Washington BoulevardVeterans Place of Washington Boulevard
    VietNowAn organization of veterans who served in the US Armed Forces at any time from 1957 to the present and those who care for and about them. In addition to providing a social community focused on military experiences and veterans issues, there are programs for homeless and/or incarcerated veterans and information on specific conditions associated with service in Vietnam. VietNowVietNow

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