SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA
works to help homeless Veterans.

CHALENG SSFOA participtaes in the CHALENG program

In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies.

SSFOA provides coupon books for the Homeless to purchase items. Make a dontation to sponsor Veteran Coupon Books. Books are $5 each.

The STAND DOWNS planned for 2008

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
1/12/2008 1
Washington, DC Paula Gorman 202-745-8000 ext. 6892
1/31/2008 1 Waco, TX Paula Wood 254-743-1261
2/26/2008 1 Portland, OR Keith Scheff
503-220-8262 ext. 33722
3/15/2008 1 Viera, FL John W. Carroll
321-637-3788
3/27/2008 1 Raleigh, NC Bob Williamson
919-286-0411 ext. 6045
4/11/2008 1 Brentwood, NY John A. Sperandeo 631-261-4400 ext.
7031
6/12-13/2008 2 Chicago, IL Eugene Herskovic 312-569-8085
6/2008 2
Fayetteville, AR Brian McAnally 479-444-5065
7/12/2008 1 Sandpoint, ID John E. Davis 208-255-5291
8/2008* 1 Faibanks, AK John Pendrey 907-273-4051
8/2008* 2 Anchorage, AK John Pendrey 907-273-4051
9/20-21/2008 2 Colville, WA John E. Davis 208-255-5291
10/4-5/2008 2 Libby, MT John E. Davis 208-255-5291
10/24/2008 1
Dayton, OH Kristina Walker 937-268-6511 ext. 2481
11/2008* 1 Roanoke, VA Robert Schmitt 540-982-2463 ext. 1230
11/24/2008 1 Freeport, NY John A. Sperandeo 631-261-4400 ext.
7031
TBD 1
Austin, TX Paula Wood 254-743-1261
TBD 1 Asheville, NC Allison Haberfield 828-298-7911 ext. 15506
TBD 1 Tillamook, OR Steve Weld 503-842-4358
TBD 1 Yakima, WA Robert Vasquez 509-457-2736
TBD 2 Bend, OR Stu Steinberg 503-220-8262
TBD 3 Roseburg, OR Laura James 541-826-2111
TBD 1
Longview, WA Christina Pegg 360-423-0140

*Indicates event planned for that month, exact date not determined.
TBD stand down planned, date

not yet determined.

For additional information on Stand Down dates and locations, please
contact the Homeless Veterans Programs Office at (202) 273-5764.

 

HOMELESS VETERANS
http://www.nchv.org/background.cfm

Although accurate numbers are impossible to come by -- no one keeps national records on homeless veterans -- the VA estimates that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans account for 23% of all homeless people in America.

In addition to the complex set of factors affecting all homelessness -- extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income, and access to health care -- a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse, compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.

 

Resources

HEAR4YOU
Silver Star Families offers realtime help
using IM Hotline

BEACON OF HOPE

VFW FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

MILITARY.COM FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
One-third of adult homeless men and nearly one-quarter of all homeless adults have served in the armed forces.

CENTER FOR VETERAN ISSUES
VETS Place Central (VPC) offers transitional housing to 72 veterans and single-room rental units to 12 age-eligible or disabled veterans. Day services are offered to eligible veterans. VPC is a full-service, one-stop homeless shelter providing a holistic approach to serving the homeless veteran population.


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