The Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Prevention Program

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Whether it's due to poverty, housing or health issues, our nation's veterans are unable to find or maintain a home and often feel hopeless. There are options to consider. The Department of Veterans Affairs has programs specifically to prevent homelessness or provide relief for veterans who are already homeless. If you or a veteran you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, these options may be able to help:


Identifying and Referring Veterans Experiencing Homelessness for assessment information and types of assistance available to veterans.

  • Help for homeless veterans. The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline ensures homeless veterans or veterans at risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Call 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) or chat online to get connected and get back on track.
  • Veterans Crisis Line. A Veterans Affairs responder is there to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls to the Crisis Line are confidential. Give them a call at 800-273-8255 and press 1, start up a chat online, or text 838255 for help now.
  • Health care. Call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) or visit the Veterans Affairs health care page for information on available health care programs.
  • Employment services. Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services can help you find a job. They've got Community Employment Coordinators to help veterans find and keep stable jobs. Find out more information about potential employment and get yourself a good job.
  • Housing assistance. There are several federal programs designed to help you keep your home or find a new one that's safe and reliable. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program can help subsidize your housing costs until you get back on your feet. Be sure to call today to find out if you're eligible. There are other programs, like the Grant and Per Diem Program where you'll be supported by community funding, and acquired property sales to get you a better deal on housing. Learn more about your housing assistance options at the Veterans Affairs website.

No matter your situation, the Department of Veterans Affairs is eager to help you out. If you're a veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or you know a veteran who is homeless, give Veterans Affairs a chance to help.


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