Veteran Housing Assistance

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

This collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing. As of Sept. 30, 2015, HUD had allocated more than 78,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.

How It Works:

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with maintaining housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness.

Where to Get Help:

  • Contact your local Veteran Service Officer
  • Contact the Lynn Housing Authority - Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Office: 781-581-8640
  • Contact a VASH Program Assistant at a VA Medical Center - Bedford (781) 687-2374 - Walk-in hours: M - F (except holidays) 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Bedford VA Medical Center, Bldg 7 - 2nd floor
  • Call the Women’s Homelessness Program at (857) 364-4027
  • For more information about homeless and outreach services, visit www.mass.gov/veterans, under “Outreach and Counseling” or call 617-210-5928
  • The SAVE Team at 617-210-5743; Toll-free: 1-888-844-2838 or e-mail: save@massmail.state.ma.us

Temporary Housing:

If you need an immediate place to live, the first place to look is at emergency shelters or transitional housing. There are four drug- and alcohol-free shelters for homeless veterans in Massachusetts:

Boston

New England Center for Homeless Veterans
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 371-1800
e-mail: info@nechv.org
Website: www.nechv.org

Brockton

MainSpring House
54 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301
(508) 587-5441
Website: www.helpfbms.org

New Bedford

Southeastern Mass. Veterans Housing Programs, Inc.
20 Willis Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 992-5313
Website: www.vetshouse.org/

Leeds

Soldier On
421 N. Main Street
Leeds, MA 01053-9764
(413) 584-4040, Ext. 2288
Website: www.wesoldieron.org/

Worcester

Veterans Inc.
69 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605
(800) 482-2565
Website: www.veteransinc.org


Transitional (longer stay) and Supportive Housing with Services:

Bedford

Bedford Veterans Quarters
Building #5
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
(781) 843-1242
Website: www.caritascommunities.org/our-properties/bedford-200-springs-road

Boston

Pine Street Inn
444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
617-892-9116
Website: www.pinestreetinn.org

Haverhill

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Inc.
65 Cedar Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
(978) 521-9668
e-mail: vneoc@northeastveterans.org
Website: www.northeastveterans.org

Lynn

Habitat P.L.U.S. Inc.
516-520 Essex Street
Lynn, MA 01902
(781) 599-8578
e-mail: habitatp@aol.com
Services: Veterans with Head Injuries


Women Veterans’ Housing Programs:


VA Boston's Women Veterans' Homelessness Program

Homeless Women Veterans Outreach & Case Management Program
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 S. Huntington Ave. (116B-3)
Boston, MA 02130
(857) 364-4940
Website: www.boston.va.gov/features/A_Helping_Hand.asp

Contact: Lauren Dever, LICSW - 857-364-4027

The VA Boston's Women Veterans' Homelessness Program provides case management and health services to homeless women and their children in Boston and the surrounding areas. The program offers a range of services not only to homeless women, but those who are at-risk for homelessness. The program offers assistance with other agencies, courts, and VA benefits (processing claims, etc.).

TRUST House

Trust (Transitional Residence Utilizing Support and Treatment) House is a therapeutic residential program that offers secure and affordable housing along with a communal atmosphere in a treatment-focused setting in Jamaica Plain. The residence is home for seven women veterans and two house managers. Each resident participates fully in the daily operations of the house (including food shopping, cleaning, gardening, laundry, and cooking).

The treatment program involves individual and group therapy, case management, paid work experiences through Compensated Work Therapy Program, house meetings, and recreational community outings.

The TRUST House specializes in the treatment of women with PTSD as well as depression, substance abuse, anxiety, dissociation, and homelessness.

For information on admission criteria and to apply, please contact the TRUST House.

Contact:

VA Boston Healthcare System
150 S. Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
857-364-4149

Soldier On

Soldier On has a house on the Northampton VA campus in Leeds that is especially for women veterans. The program provides resident veterans with treatment and recovery from drug and alcohol addictions along with medical services. Please contact Soldier On for information on admission criteria and the application process.

Contact:

Steve Como
Northampton VA Medical Center
421 North Main Street
Leeds, MA 01053-9764
413-584-4040, Ext. 2288

Veterans Inc.

Veterans Inc. in Worcester has a women's housing program that offers an alcohol and drug-free environment, coupled with case management services. For information on admission criteria and to apply, contact Veterans Inc.

Contact:

Veterans Inc. Women and Children Housing Program
Worcester, MA
(800) 482-2565
Website: www.veteransinc.org

Women's Dorms at Chelsea Soldiers' Home

The Chelsea Soldiers' Home has a private and secure dormitory wing specifically for female veterans who can live in an independent setting and who require minimal assistance with the activities of daily living. For eligibility requirements and to apply, contact the Soldiers' Home.

Contact:

Chelsea Soldiers' Home
91 Crest Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-884-5660
Website: www.mass.gov/che

Lt. Pamela D. Donovan Memorial Residence for Women

The Pamela D. Donovan Memorial Residence for Women is the newly-renovated dormitory at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Renovated in 2007, the 16-bed dormitory has new floors, ceilings, tiling, bathroom facilities, and television room. The residence is named for Lt. Pamela Donovan, a U.S. Army nurse and Massachusetts native, killed at the 25th Evac. Hospital near Qui Nhon, South Vietnam in 1968.

Contact:

New England Center for Homeless Veterans
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 371-1800
fax: (617) 371-1755
e-mail: info@nechv.org
Website: www.nechv.org



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