Homelessness to Housing: All Beds Are Bridges

Chief Operations Officer Darryl Vincent, M.S.W., CSAC, has been with U.S.VETS for 11 years and has been at the forefront of creating successful new models for Permanent and Transitional Housing. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Vincent oversees and manages the daily functions of 11 U.S.VETS sites.

In 2008, he was awarded the “Unsung Hero” award by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV). He is also a Helping Hands Hawai’i Honoree and a Weinberg Fellows Member and in 2007 was recognized as one of “ten people who made a difference in Hawaii”.

This year, NCHV invited Mr. Vincent to lead a discussion called “Homelessness to Housing: The U.S.VETS Client – Centered Way” at their annual conference. Drawing upon his years of expertise, Mr. Vincent’s presentation demonstrates how U.S.VETS aligns with VA guidance on using Bridge Beds in Transitional Housing via the Housing First model.

U.S.VETS operates with a philosophy that all beds are bridges from homelessness to permanent housing. Our model is changing the conversation about Housing First and best practices to help veterans transition from life on the streets to self-sufficiency. Following a positive reception at the NCHV conference, Mr. Vincent has been asked to bring this presentation to other agencies and events, including the National Alliance to End Homelessness.