Homeless Veterans

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Helping Homeless Veterans

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs has a Homeless Veterans Trust Fund that can provide financial assistance to persons who served in the United States Armed Forces who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  Qualifying applicants must meet the income restrictions and show immediate need in the form of an eviction notice or utility disconnect.  For more information or to start the application process contact Eileen Ward at eileen.ward@ky.gov or call 502-352-3120.    Application for Financial Assistance.

Where to Find Help with Shelter, Food, Clothing and Other Resources for Homeless Veterans

VA Hotline for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838

Staff work around the clock, seven days a week 

For Essential Community Services Dial 211 for a list of all services provided please visit https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/dial-211-essential-community-services

Basic Human Needs Resources: help with shelter, food banks, rent and utility assistance

Physical and Mental Health Resources: crisis intervention services, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.

Work Support: job training, transportation assistance, education and financial assistance


Lexington – Fayette County Government

Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention

200 East Main Street

Lexington, KY 40517


If you are in Lexington, please also call 211


Louisville and Jefferson County

Coalition for the Homeless

1115 South Fourth

Louisville, KY 40203


If you are in Louisville call 502-637-2337 for an emergency bed referral


All areas of Kentucky Not Listed Above

Kentucky Housing Corporation

1231 Louisville Road

Frankfort, KY 40601





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

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.


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
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
Eastern Kentucky

Mountain Comprehensive Care Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing is a 25-bed facility for men.  It provides Therapeutic Rehabilitation for mental illness, case management, substance abuse treatment, peer support and mental health therapy and/or counseling on site.  Mt. Comp Care also operates a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which helps homeless veterans find jobs.  This program covers all of eastern KY (including as far east as Clark and Madison Counties.)

152 Douglas Parkway
Pikeville, KY 41501
Contact:  John Shaver
(606) 639-3178

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

Homeless Veterans Trust Fund
The Homeless Veterans Trust Fund helps veterans directly with small cash grants for utilities, rent and security deposits to veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
HVTF's accomplishments from July 1, 2020 through Nov. 30, 2020:

Total Assistance Paid Out            $33,201.91

Average Per Veteran                          $301.63

Veterans Assisted with Housing                         63

Veterans Assisted with Utilities                          32

Veterans Given Emergency Shelter                    10

Total Veterans Assisted                                     105


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.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

This is a collaborative program between HUD and VA. A key component of the program is VA’s case management services. These services are designed to assist Veterans in obtaining and sustaining permanent housing and engage in needed treatment and other supportive services that improve Veterans’ quality of life and end their homelessness. Case Management is the heart of this program and is a requirement for participation in the HUD-VASH voucher program.

Veteran must be VA health care eligible.

Lexington VA Medical Center HUD-VASH Office 859-233-4511 X 3176

Louisville VA Medical Center HUD-VASH Office 502-287-4042


Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

For very low-income Veterans, SSVF provides case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran’s home or identify a new, more suitable housing situation for the individual and his or her family; or to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless and might remain homeless without this assistance.

Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. 859-254-3469 Ext 234

Covers the following areas:

Anderson, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Breckenridge, Bullitt, Carter, Elliot, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Garrard, Grayson, Greenup, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Larue, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Mason, McGoffin, Marion, Martin, McCreary, Meade, Mercer, Nelson, Oldham, Pike, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, Whitley and Woodford

Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. Louisville Urban 502-384-0868

Covers the following areas:

Jefferson CO

Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. Louisville Rural 502-384-0868

Covers the following areas:

Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. 859-624-2046

Covers the following areas:

Bath, Breathitt, Clark, Clay, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Wolfe Counties in Kentucky

Talbert House 513-381-7233

Covers the following areas:

Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties in Kentucky

Centerstone of Tennessee, Inc. 270-282-0121

Covers the following areas:

Allen, Ballard, Barren, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Hart, Hickman, Logan, Marshall, McCracken, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Todd, Trigg and Warren Counties in Kentucky

VETT Voucher: Veterans Emerging Towards Transition Program


To be eligible for the VETT Program, the veteran must be homeless. Veterans are defined as persons who served in the armed forces, regardless of discharge status. To be eligible for the VETT Program, veterans do not have to qualify for VA benefits.

Covers the following areas:

Allen, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bracken, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell,  Calloway, Carlisle, Carter, Carroll, Christian, Clark, Clay, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Fulton, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, hart, henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jessamine, Knott, Larue, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McCreary, Mclean, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Wolfe, Woodford

Homeless Veterans Resources:

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)

Program provides outreach, needs assessment, case management, employment counseling, job training / job skills enhancement, job placement and transportation to homeless veterans or veterans at risk for being homeless.

Mountain Comprehensive Care Center – Kitty Collins 859-806-0953

Covers the following areas:

Anderson, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Garrard, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe, Woodford

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center, INC – William Wasson 513-631-4500

HVRP has two core objectives: 1) to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and 2) to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.

Eligibility: Discharge other than dishonorable who serviced at least one day on active duty.  Veteran must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Covers the following areas:

Boone, Campbell, Kenton

Helpful Links:

The following links may provide additional information for veteran experiencing homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless

HUD EXCHANGE: Veteran Homelessness


U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Veterans page


National Resource Directory


Feeding America


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