Homeless Veterans

Man sleeping on sidewalk, wearing "An Army of One" jacket


Tonight, there will be 800 to 1,200 veterans sleeping on the streets of the Commonwealth. KDVA is working hard to help Kentucky's homeless veterans. By establishing special assistance programs and coordinating efforts with both the local VA hospitals and federal, state and local homeless programs, we have been successful in helping veterans get off the streets into housing or some treatment facility. 
 
Where to Find Help
 
Louisville
 
The Salvation Army in Louisville opened a 28-bed Transitional Housing facility for men. The program connects men with case management to increase employment and training towards employment as well as other support services.

911 S. Brook St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 625-1170
 
Wayside Christian Mission offer 10 beds to immediately transitionally house homeless veterans. One of the unique and important features of this agency regards the ability to provide housing to women veterans and veterans with families. Wayside has six apartments for women and veterans with families to help ensure the family stability.
 
432 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-3711
http://www.waysidechristianmission.org/
 
Interlink Counseling Services facility in Louisville continues the mission of serving homeless veterans with 85 beds for male veterans. Interlink makes every effort to quickly assist veterans in need with the Landing Zone that consist of five emergency housing beds that allows the program to take homeless veterans off the street.

8311 Preston Highway
Louisville Kentucky 40219.
(502) 964-7147
http://www.interlinkservices.org/


St. Vincent DePaul in Louisville provides 20 beds through the Grant & Per Diem for homeless veterans. The facility offers individual rooms for greater privacy, All the facilities offer, in addition to rooms and regular meals, multiple services including:
• Drug and alcohol abuse counseling
• Education referrals
• Employment and job training referrals
• Assistance with permanent housing

1034 S. Jackson St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 584-2480, Extension 241.
www.svdplou.org
 

Lexington
 
Volunteers of America provide a 40-bed Homeless Veterans Transition Facility at the Leestown Campus of the Lexington VA Medical Center, in partnership with the VAMC Lexington and KDVA. The facility offers substance abuse treatment with emphasis on continued recovery stable housing and employment.

Building 29 Floor 2
2250 Leestown RD
Lexington KY 40502
859 254 0149
http://www.voaky.org/Services/
 
Kentucky St. James Place apartments in Lexington provides one of the more unique transitional housing options in the state with all 38 efficiency apartment units for homeless veterans fully occupied. These units receive support from the USDVA Homeless Veterans Grant & Per Diem Program. Because each unit is complete with kitchen and private bath males and females use this facility.

St. James Place Apartments
169 Deweese Street
Lexington KY 40507
859-252-6642
http://www.saintjamesplace.org/home.html
 
The Hope Center in Lexington provides 30 beds to homeless male veterans who need help with a substance abuse problem. The new facility is beautifully designed and a great asset to the community.

360 West Loudon Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 252-7881
http://www.hopectr.org/
 
Western Kentucky
 
Pennyroyal Center for Homeless Veterans provides transitional housing with therapeutic services for male veterans experiencing homelessness. The facility can accommodate up to 50 veterans in its 25 semi-private rooms.

506 Boales St
Hopkinsville KY 42240
(270) -887-5099
 
Northern Kentucky
 
The Brighton Recovery Center for Women, in Florence, is a long-term recovery center for women battling drug and alcohol addiction. Five (5) beds are dedicated to homeless female veterans who need help with their substance abuse problem.

375 Weaver Road
Florence, Kentucky 41042
859-292-5491

VA Hotline for Homeless Veterans
VA has created a national hotline for homeless Veterans - 1-877-424-3838 -which is staffed around the clock, seven days a week. Responders can help callers find food, shelter, clothing and other assistance for homeless Veterans.

KDVA Homeless Veterans Coordinator
Patrick McKiernan
Phone 502-595-4407
Email patrick.mckiernan@ky.gov

VA's Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure


Homeless Veterans in Kentucky  
•~2,000 statewide
•1,000 identified by Louisville VAMC
•250 in the Lexington area
•245 in Northern Kentucky region
•Balance scattered across the state

Demographics of Homeless Veterans  

• 23% of homeless population are veterans
• 33% of male homeless population are veterans
• 15% pre-Vietnam era
• 47% Vietnam Era
• 17% post Vietnam
• 67% served three or more years
• 33% were stationed in a war zone
• 85% completed high school/GED
• 89% received an Honorable Discharge
• 79% reside in central cities
• 16% reside in suburban areas
• 5% reside in rural areas
• 76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems
  
Services Homeless Veterans Say They Need
• Help finding a job (42%)
• Help finding affordable housing (38%)
• Assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities (30%)
• Transportation (19%)
• Clothing (18%)
• Food (17%)
• Job training (13%)
• Medical care (13%)
 
Stresses Suffered by Homeless Veterans
• Insufficient income (30%)
• Lack of job or employment (24%)
• Lack of suitable housing (11%)
• Addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs (9%)
 
(All statistics are estimates from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans)