HOMELESS DC VETERANS
The Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's (DCVAMC) Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) exemplifies the Medical Center's commitment to providing excellent care and services in an environment of compassion that respects homeless and at-risk Veterans.
The CRRC is the first of its kind in the Washington DC area and will serve as a 24/7 hub to combat homelessness among Veterans. It is one of 17 Centers the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to strategically locate across the nation. These facilities centralize federal and local partners to provide services to homeless and at-risk Veterans. Although not a shelter, the CRRC provides services to assist Veterans and their family members.
The building includes a Primary Care Clinic, a complete kitchen, laundry and shower facilities, a food pantry and a play room for children, as well as a host of other community services. (Please note that not all offices are open 24/7.)
Located at: 1500 Franklin Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018 Phone #: 202-636-7660
The Department of Behavioral Health provides services to homeless individuals 18 and older with behavioral health disorders. Homeless Outreach Teams provide crisis assessment and interventions to homeless persons who may be experiencing a mental health crisis whether on the streets or in homeless shelters. Homeless Outreach Teams also work during extreme weather to help homeless individuals with behavioral health disorders locate appropriate shelter.
Emergency or low-barrier shelters are designed to keep people safe from extreme weather conditions. The Emergency Shelter program provides beds on a first come, first served basis, to any homeless person. It is sometimes also referred to as emergency shelter.
The City of Washington, DC temporary shelter also known as short-term shelters are often open 24 hours a day. Temporary shelter programs offer various onsite services for both families and individuals. Most shelters not only provide a warm and safe place to sleep, but also offer on-site assessment and case management. Their goal is to help individuals immediately start working on making the transition from homelessness to more stable, long-term housing.
Transitional housing is longer-term housing, usually for less than two years, that provides intensive support services, geared toward increasing a household’s self-sufficiency and helping it move towards permanency, often specializing in particular areas of client needs.
Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
The Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing Program provides housing to homeless veterans.
Applicants must be a District of Columbia resident, chronically homeless, a Veteran deemed eligible for the VASH Voucher by the Department of Veteran Affairs and considered vulnerable according to a vulnerability assessment survey.