Veterans Independence Project (Perry Point)

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.

Staff

Jennifer Travers, MSW
Transitional Housing Manager

Jahnee Webster, MSW
Transitional Housing Assistant Manager

Haley Bolen
Transitional Housing Case Manager