Homeless Veterans

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Helping Homeless Veterans
Man sleeping on sidewalk, wearing "An Army of One" jacketIn 2015, the Commonwealth of Kentucky declared its intention to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Great efforts were made toward achieving this goal.  We still have many homeless veterans living in shelters, with relatives, and even on our streets, but by partnering with other organizations such as the Unites States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), USACares, and numerous other non-profit organizations we have reached the point of being able to assist newly identified homeless veterans.  There are now programs to help prevent a veteran from losing their utilities, being evicted, or going hungry.  We also have many programs to help veterans to become housed if they are homeless.

What is the definition of "homeless"?

The United States Code contains the official federal definition of homelessness, which is commonly used because it controls federal funding streams. In Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter 1, "homeless" is defined as follows: §11302. General definition of homeless individual (a) In general For purposes of this chapter, the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes–– 1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and 2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is–– A. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); B. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or C. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings."

Where to Find Help

The newest and largest facility for Women Veterans is Anna's Place in Winchester, operated by Lady Veterans Connect. It has 28 beds and offers support services.

11400 Irvine Road
Winchester, Kentucky 40391
Phyllis Abbott
Email: info@ladyveteransconnect.org

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
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

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.

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.

1382 Bull Lea Rd.
Lexington KY 40511
859 254 0149
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

From Homeless to Home: Operation Victory: Providing Homes for Heroes Dedicates Louisville home for Navy Veteran Marlene Aldridge

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On Nov. 10, more than 100 project volunteers, neighbors and supports welcomed Navy Veteran Marlene Aldridge to her newly renovated home on Clara Avenue in Louisville. A coalition of dozens of unions, community groups, companies, state and local agencies and volunteers renovated the house. KDVA Outreach Coordinator Trina Patty recommended Marlene Aldritch for the project.

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 in the last fiscal year:

Total Assistance Granted:  $78,888
Veterans Assisted: 
Average Amt of Assistance: $227
195 Veterans received rental assistance

134 Veterans received utility assistance

18 received temporary housing assistance while waiting for permanent housing.



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
Eileen Ward
Phone 502-352-3120
Email eileen.ward@ky.gov

VA's Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure

Homeless Veterans in Kentucky  
•512 statewide

Demographics of Homeless Veterans  

• 11% of homeless population are veterans
• 20% of male homeless population are veterans
68% reside in principle cities
• 32% reside in suburban/rural areas
• 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
• 50% have serious mental illness
• 70% have substance abuse 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)