Carol Kulesza`s Presentation - Maine State Housing Authority

Report
VA Maine HCS
Healthcare for Homeless
Veterans Program
Carol Kulesza, LICSW
HCHV Coordinator
2013 Point in Time
Survey Data
 Portland
CoC
 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
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Emergency Shelter Bed Contract
◦ 12 beds
◦ Bread of Life Shelter, Augusta
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Grant and Per Diem Sites
◦ 18 units
◦ Partnered with Volunteers of America and
Community Housing of Maine
◦ Saco and Biddeford
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Grant and Per Diem Sites, cont.
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Opening in 2014
20 units
Partnered with Veterans, Inc.
Lewiston
HUD/VASH
◦ 145 VASH Section 8 Vouchers
◦ Administered by MSHA and Portland Housing
Authority
◦ Case managers based at the Togus VAMC and
the Bangor, Lewiston and Portland Clinics
SSVF
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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
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Department of Labor Grant
◦ Awarded to Veterans, Inc.
◦ Three employment and training specialists
based in Augusta, Lewiston and Portland
Togus Regional Office
Homeless Outreach
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Team of workers conduct regularly
scheduled outreach to shelters throughout
Maine
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Assist Veterans obtain paperwork
Provide education about VA benefits
Assist with filing claims
Provide follow up assistance
Additional VA Initiatives
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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
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HCHV Outreach
◦ Outreach to York Co. Shelter/Alfred added in 2013
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Homeless PoC at clinics throughout the state
Homeless Veteran Networking Group
Community Partnerships
Too numerous to specifically mention
 Unparalleled
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