Since 1997, CHEP, in collaboration with the VA Maryland Health Care System, Perry Point, has provided housing through the Veterans Independence Project (VIP), for veterans who find themselves homeless. With nine (9) houses on the Perry Point campus, we provide 29 beds for veterans in the transitional housing program.
The intake process is clear and direct:
- All veterans referred for transitional housing complete the VA Perry Point inpatient program and are given an initial assessment by the VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) coordinator and the CHEP program manager.
- An initial interview performed by CHEP housing staff, assesses basic needs and identifies strengths and weaknesses prior to move in.
- Once accepted into the housing program, the veteran is quickly oriented to the rules and requirements of the residential program.
- The CHEP case manager inventories the need for supportive services and coordinates service provision with the VA case manager.
Experience has shown that coordination between the VA and CHEP yields the highest success rate in preventing veterans from returning to their homeless status.
Together, CHEP and the VA have worked collaboratively enabling the VIP to exceed the 80% success rate mandated by the Grant and Per Diem program for successful program completions and referrals to community independent living. To meet this criterion, a resident must stay for the duration of the 6 month program or longer with a successful discharge to the community. This success is reinforced by supportive services that are built into the fabric of the program. By providing a therapeutic milieu on a local VA “campus” setting, there is a decreased chance for repeated veteran remissions and costly inpatient cycles. The VIP demonstrates that a partnership between a public and private agency can and does work over an extended time.
CHEP DC Vets program seeks solutions for veterans who are challenged by homelessness, co-occurring medical and mental health disorders, and employment issues. CHEP DC Vet’s program provides basic needs, essential services and transitional housing to vulnerable veterans that lead to employed, self-supporting, productive citizens sustaining their recovery and living independently.
CHEP DC Vets strives to:
- Provide safe, supportive and affordable housing for all program participants
- Coordinate the provision of supportive services for program participants
- Enable veterans to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and independent living in a nurturing environment.
CHEP DC Vets’ dedicated and knowledgeable case management team provides veterans with resources that enable them to overcome challenges associated with substance abuse and employment barriers through life skills and recovery skills training to build a foundation of stabilization. We offer resources and referrals to community partner agencies with services to assist in meeting mental, emotional, medical and workforce development needs, allowing our resident veterans to become empowered to live self-sufficient and productive lives.
CHEP DC Vets utilizes multiple treatment modalities to accomplish its goals. These include:
- housing services
- vocational rehabilitation services
- a therapeutic community
- a 12-step facilitation program
- financial management
- mental health services
The majority of medical and psychiatric services are obtained through VA medical facilities and we support these services through case management that helps the veterans get and stay on track with their individual treatment regimen.
All program participants are referred by the Veterans Administration’s Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), in Washington, DC. Program participants are admitted in accordance with cost-effective Housing First guidance, a successful intervention for people who have been homeless and/or and have complex disabilities.
Are you a veteran in need? Please contact the Veterans Administration’s Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at: 202-636-7660.
CHEP DC Vets has no restrictions on treatment eligibility other than veteran status. Need is defined as being homeless. In addition to need, the potential client must be cleared by the VA Grant Per Diem Liaison and the CHEP DC Vets Program Manager, as well as, capable of and motivated for recovery work and/or vocational rehabilitation. Those with acute and severe psychiatric or medical conditions will not be accepted until they have been stabilized and a treatment plan has been established at the VA Medical Center.