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April 8, 2014 > Housing assistance available for homeless veterans

Housing assistance available for homeless veterans

Submitted By Paul T. Rosynsky

Abode Services, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, is seeking to house Alameda County veterans and their families who are currently homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

Last year 492 veterans were homeless in Alameda County comprising 11.5 percent of the 4,264 people in the county suffering from homelessness. Even more troubling, more than 70 percent of those homeless veterans live on the streets rather than a shelter.

Abode Services is working to change that.

Veterans in Alameda County, in need of housing assistance, can seek help through Abode ServicesÕ Every Veteran Home program at http://www.abodeservices.org/programs_veteran_families.html. This is a federally-funded collaboration of organizations that rapidly re-houses homeless veterans and then provides a wide range of services that helps them remain in housing.

Assistance offered through Every Veteran Home includes, but is not limited to, temporary financial help with rent, referrals to job training and placement services, and transportation subsidies. Veterans in the program are also assigned a case manager who helps with various issues including landlord mediation, personal budgeting services, and guidance in navigating veteran benefits.

ÒNobody should be forced to live on the streets and the Every Veteran Home program is just one of many initiatives Abode Services is utilizing as we work to end homelessness in Alameda and Santa Clara counties,Ó said Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. ÒWe are thankful we have the ability to serve more households this year, and to help more struggling Alameda County veterans and their families find a home.Ó

Since its inception in 2011, Every Veteran Home has served almost 500 veteran households in Alameda County. Of those households, more than 87 percent achieved stable housing.

If you or someone you know might need these services, please call our outreach line at (510) 844-0781.

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