Carol Kulesza`s Presentation - Maine State Housing Authority

VA Maine HCS
Healthcare for Homeless
Veterans Program
Carol Kulesza, LICSW
HCHV Coordinator
2013 Point in Time
Survey Data
 Portland
 Veterans represented 8.5% of adults
 N = 43
 Maine
Balance of State CoC
 Veterans represented 10.8% of adults
 N = 121
VA Maine HCS Response
Emergency Shelter Bed Contract
◦ 12 beds
◦ Bread of Life Shelter, Augusta
Grant and Per Diem Sites
◦ 18 units
◦ Partnered with Volunteers of America and
Community Housing of Maine
◦ Saco and Biddeford
Grant and Per Diem Sites, cont.
Opening in 2014
20 units
Partnered with Veterans, Inc.
◦ 145 VASH Section 8 Vouchers
◦ Administered by MSHA and Portland Housing
◦ Case managers based at the Togus VAMC and
the Bangor, Lewiston and Portland Clinics
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
◦ Three agencies awarded grants:
 Preble Street Resource Center
 Veterans, Inc.
 Washington Hancock Community Agency
 Grants can serve up to 594 in Maine
Homeless Veteran
Reintegration Program
Department of Labor Grant
◦ Awarded to Veterans, Inc.
◦ Three employment and training specialists
based in Augusta, Lewiston and Portland
Togus Regional Office
Homeless Outreach
Team of workers conduct regularly
scheduled outreach to shelters throughout
Assist Veterans obtain paperwork
Provide education about VA benefits
Assist with filing claims
Provide follow up assistance
Additional VA Initiatives
Homeless - Patient Aligned Care Team
◦ Based at the Portland Clinic
◦ Weekly outreach to Shelter and specific clinic hours
◦ Team includes MD, RN, social worker and medical
support assistant
HCHV Outreach
◦ Outreach to York Co. Shelter/Alfred added in 2013
Homeless PoC at clinics throughout the state
Homeless Veteran Networking Group
Community Partnerships
Too numerous to specifically mention
 Unparalleled

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