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Homeless Veterans


  1. CWT Supported Employment (CWT-SE)
    To assist veterans with severe mental illness find competitive employment in the community. The program is designed to focus on the veteran's choices, and rapid job search, that is, seeking employment directly without pre-employment training.
  2. CWT Transitional Work Experience (CWT-TWE)
    provides rehabilitation for veterans through a combination of work experience and therapy focused on that work experience. 
  3. CWT Community Employment Coordinator (CWT-CEC)
    Provides information, pre-employment assessment and workforce re-entry planning services, linkage and coordination for VA and non-VA services and community-based follow-up services to integrate Veterans into the community through competitive employment.

Read more about these CWT programs. 


A free short term (maximum 6 months) emergency housing program for single veterans that are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, and are able to live independently with limited support offering:

  • free on-site laundry facility
  • three meals a day for veterans
  • no income requirement for admission
  • on-site 24/7 surveillance cameras and security guards (no cameras in veterans' residence)
  • on-site case management that refers veterans to VA and community services as well as support for veterans in identifying stable housing (SRO, supportive housing, own apt, etc.) upon post-discharge

If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, VA can help you get back on your feet. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder. The hotline and online chat are free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use either service.

When you call or join the online chat:

  • You will be connected to a trained VA responder. 
  • The responder will ask a few questions to assess your needs.
  • If you’re a Veteran, you may be connected with the Homeless Program point of contact at the nearest VA facility.
  • Contact information will be requested so staff may follow up.

VA offers these services, all available via 1-877-4AID-VET, to homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness and their families:

Opportunities to return to employment

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VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing supports to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

Safe Housing

The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides grants and per diem payments (as funding is available) to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers for homeless Veterans. Learn more about the Grant Per Diem Program

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HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program is a joint effort between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA. HUD allocated nearly 38,000 "Housing Choice" Section 8 vouchers across the country. These vouchers allow Veterans and their families to live in market rate rental units while VA provides case management services. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord on behalf of the participating Veteran. The Veteran then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Learn more about the HUD-VASH Program.

The Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all VA foreclosed properties available for sale to homeless provider organizations-at a 20 to 50 percent discount-to shelter homeless Veterans.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides grants and technical assistance to community-based, nonprofit organizations to help Veterans and their families stay in their homes. Learn more about the SSVF program.

Health care

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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 tools and support necessary for Veterans to get their lives on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program page.

VA’s Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program provides a coordinated "medical home" specifically tailored to the needs of homeless Veterans that integrates clinical care with delivery of social services with enhanced access and community coordination. Implementation of this model is expected to address many of the health disparity and equity issues facing this population and result in reduced emergency department use and hospitalizations, improved chronic disease management, improved "housing readiness" with fewer Veterans returning to homelessness once housed. Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) 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

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) brings together providers, advocates, and other concerned citizens to identify the needs of homeless Veterans and work to meet those needs through planning and cooperative action. This process has helped build thousands of relationships between VA and community agencies so that together they can better serve homeless Veterans. For more information on Project CHALENG, call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Project CHALENG web page.

Mental health services

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Veteran Justice Outreach provides eligible, justice-involved Veterans with timely access to VA’s mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.

VA’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative provides substance use services in the community to aid homeless Veterans' recovery.

The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through supports including those addressing mental health and substance use problems.

The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs feature community-based locations and outreach activities that help to identify homeless Veterans and match homeless Veterans with necessary services.


Bonnie Gang, LCSW, MPA
CRRC, Harlem Clinic
646-273-8125 or 917-576-7318

Horace Bovell, LMSW
Grant & Per Diem
St Albans Campus
718-526-1000 x2221

Christie De Bruce, LCSW
Grant & Per Diem
Brooklyn Campus

Joyce Finks, LCSW, CASAC
Grant & Per Diem
Manhattan Campus
212-686-7500 x7155

Robert Wenzel, LCSW
Manhattan Campus
212-686-7500 x7706

Nita Thaker, LCSW
Brooklyn Campus

Jonathan Kessler, LCSW
Chapel Street Clinic

Dennies Libert, LCSW
St. Albans Campus

Denise Lukowski LCSW, CASAC, BCD
Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator
St. Albans Campus
718-526-1000 x2457

Myrtho Gardiner, LCSW
Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator
Harlem Clinic
212-686-7500 x8128

Normajean Dellapina, LCSW
CWT Program
St. Albans Campus
718-526-1000 x2650


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