Homeless Veterans Community Integration Program

With the support of the Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers has partnered with Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley to create a unique and innovative approach to ending chronic homelessness among Veterans. The project borrows from multiple evidenced-based practices for the benefit of homeless Veterans with severe mental illness, traumatic brain injury and/or physical disabilities.

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Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers will provide a residential community integration program that gives Veterans the opportunity to manage the household, develop independent living skills, communication skills and behavior management skills. Services in the home will include case management, behavioral health, skill development and recreation, provided by a staff trained in crisis prevention, behavior management, PTSD, brain injury and military culture. The home will be licensed as a personal care home and will work toward certification as a Fairweather Lodge.
Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley will provide psychiatric rehabilitation, a program adopted by many Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and employment services. Psychiatric Rehabilitation is a person centered, recovery oriented skill development program that helps people with severe mental illness live effectively in the community. Goodwill employment services will include career and personal assessment, on the job training, job seeking/keeping skills, technical skills training, coaching and the opportunity for volunteer and paid job placements.
The program has been developed with input from a Veteran Advisory Committee, other providers of services to Veterans and research done by the VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans. The program is in the process of securing a residential space and plans to be operational by June 1, 2014.

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Relevant Statistics

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (November, 2013), the number of homeless Veterans in Pennsylvania has risen 46% since 2009.

Approximately 80% of homeless Veterans have severe mental illness, TBI and/or physical disabilities


 

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