As America grapples with extreme heat, VA reminds Veterans and communities that various resources are available to those experiencing homelessness.
The Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRCs) provide community-based, multiagency services in a single location, and it’s offered in more than 30 cities nationwide. It streamlines access to housing, physical and mental health care, career development, and VA and non-VA benefits. Every VA medical center offers a range of housing solutions and wraparound supportive services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
VA’s Grant and Per Diem (GPD), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) are three transitional and permanent housing programs that offer immediate aid to Veterans facing housing crises during extreme weather.
“During the historic heat wave, Veterans experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, sunstroke, and other serious health problems, especially if they remain unsheltered,” said Monica Diaz, executive director, VHA Homeless Programs Office. “VA is closely monitoring the situation in the Pacific Northwest and other communities experiencing historic high temperatures, and we remain committed to making sure Veterans at risk of homeless receive the immediate help they need.”
If you are or know of a Veteran without stable housing during extreme heat or any other time, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for immediate assistance.
The Red Cross and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each published helpful tips on staying safe during extreme heat.
Learn more about VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness and how you can help.