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Since 1993

Benefited from Residential services3,000+ Veterans served
each day
Benefited from Residential services
50,000 + have benefited from
housing and services
Obtained full-time employment
11,000+ have obtained full-time
employment

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  • IN THE NEWS: Despite What the City Says, Veteran Homelessness Is Still a Thing

    This story first appeared in the Houston Post on June 4, 2015. On Monday, Mayor Annise Parker announced that the city of Houston had “effectively ended” veteran homelessness. That statement is effectively false. “It’s like when Bush said the war was over,” said Oskar Gonzalez, an Iraq war veteran and the outreach coordinator at Midtown Terrace Suites, a shelter and service provider for homeless veterans. “People think we’re done here. But the war is not over until every troop comes home, and veteran homelessness is not over until every veteran is off the street.” Gonzalez said there are currently 72 homeless veterans living in Midtown Terrace’s transitional housing complex — a repurposed Days Inn on Main Street in the shadow of the Southwest Freeway. All 72 are currently without a permanent home, and thus qualify as homeless. So if there are still homeless veterans in Houston, what was the mayor talking about when she said veteran homelessness is over and done with? “When we say we have effectively ended veteran homelessness, that means we have housing resources available for every homeless veteran,” said Mandy Chapman Semple, special assistant to the mayor for homeless initiatives. “We have built a system that can or has already housed every individual homeless veteran. But every given moment, you could find a homeless vet in our city. The reality is it just takes time from when we find them to when we move them into an apartment.” In a press release, the city said it […]

  • IN THE NEWS: Fewer homeless veterans, but VA’s deadline looms

    This story appeared in the Military Times on May 31, 2015. Navy veteran Darryl Riley spent almost 25 years in and out of homeless shelters before landing in the U.S.VETS’ “Veterans in Progress” program earlier this spring. “This time feels totally different,” the 55-year-old veteran said. “In the shelters, they’re just putting a roof over your head, some food into you. Here, the accommodations are nicer, and they have employment programs to help get you trained for jobs. “I never had that chance in the past.” After leaving the Navy, Riley worked on construction sites around the Washington, D.C., area, but never managed keep enough savings to weather downturns in the job market. He found out about the 85-bed transitional housing program — funded through new federal grants — at a job fair just a block from his latest shelter stop. After a flurry of assistance from group officials, he’s in a downtown apartment and a new job training program, with a goal to find work quickly. “I’ve only got a few years left until retirement,” he joked. “I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.” Riley’s plan illustrates the success of recent efforts to end veterans homelessness by providing better outreach and sustainable resources for troubled individuals. But it also shows the challenge still ahead, with tens of thousands of veterans like Riley still on the streets or in danger of returning there… Click here to read the rest of the story.

  • IN THE NEWS: Long Beach Cites Progress in Finding Homes for Homeless Veterans

    This story appeared in NBC4 Los Angeles on April 29, 2015. Long Beach is on track to join the ranks of US cities that have made sufficient housing available for every veteran in need, Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday. In four years, the number of homeless veterans in the city has been reduced from 309 to 94, as of the biennial survey conducted earlier this year. On average, housing is found for 12-15 a month, according to the city’s figures. The challenge to provide housing for every homeless veteran by the end of 2015 had been issued last year by President Obama. “We will end veteran homelessness in Long Beach this year,” Garcia said. Garcia cited cooperation with the VA Healthcare Systems, and nonprofit veterans assistance organizations, including the United States Veterans Intiative, known as U.S.VETS. U.S.VETS provides housing to some 550 veterans in the Century Villages at Cabrillo, developed on the former Naval housing site for the Long Beach Shipyard, which closed in 1997. Over the years, it has provided transitional housing to thousands of veterans while they gain control of the issues that resulted in their homelessness, said Steve Peck, a Marine Corps veteran who serves as President and CEO of U.S.VETS. Please click here to view the full story on NBC4’s website.

  • IN THE NEWS: New Culinary Program for Veterans Instills ‘Hope and Empowerment’

    This story originally appeared in the Daily Courier on April 2, 2015. Kent Robinson can all but taste the sweet pepper flavor of chiles rellenos cooking on the barbecue grill, and smell stuffed manicotti baking in the oven. Robinson, 62, is one of eight U.S. VETS Initiative clients enrolled in a just-started, 13-week culinary/life skills course offered through its transitional housing program. Through the endeavor launched in February, the former U.S. Navy corpsman said he is gleaning commercial kitchen skills he hopes will allow him to prepare these dishes for his fellow veterans, and eventually paying customers. “It’s very informative,” the pony-tailed, bearded Robinson said of the project arranged through the nonprofit organization that provides housing and career training to some 300 homeless veterans each year. “I’ve always liked cooking, but a lot of this is new to me.” Beyond the 10 hours of weekend instruction in rudimentary culinary processes, such things as sanitary dishwashing and proper knife slicing techniques, the experiential curriculum taught on-site is meant to impart lessons transferable to employment in today’s food industry. The vocational training requires online instruction throughout the week to enhance the students’ limited computer literacy. Those sessions are tailored to focus on job skills such as how to write a resume, conduct a job interview, dress for success and build professional co-worker and employer relationships. “This is really exciting; the hope factor and the empowerment,” said Executive Director Annette Olson… Please click here to read the complete story.

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