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In February of 2017 P.E.E.R.S., Inc. opened its first veterans long-term loving home, with the ability to house up to 16 homeless veterans with plenty of comfort and amenities; as well as, provide support services all in one place. Veterans can stay in the P.E.E.R.S. Caring Home program up to a year; and those with special needs can stay even longer. Since the ending of Veteran’s Homelessness Initiative began in 2011, programs like P.E.E.R.S. across the nation have helped reduce the number of homeless veterans on the street on any given night from 150,000 to 50,000. Since opening our program in 2017, P.E. E.R.S. is focusing on assisting more veterans in regaining their independence.
Most homeless veterans are single, and come from poor disadvantaged communities
45% suffer from mental illness;
50% have substance abuse problems;
47% served in the Vietnam Era;
67% served at least 3 years; and
33% were stationed in a war one; and 5% reside in rural area (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
ABOUT HOMELESS VETERANS
A large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and substance abuse, compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. A top priority is to secure, safe and clean housing that offers support services. Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides housing, nutritional meals, physical health care, substance use treatment and mental health counseling, and job assessment, training, and placement assistance.
In many cases a veteran who serves his/her country - during peacetime or at war - experiences emotional, physical, and/or medical effects of that service. These effects can also have long term residual impacts upon the veteran’s mental stability and over all emotional well-being. It affects the very way the veteran perceives and interacts with his/her family, employer, co-workers, and their community. These effects can result in contact with law enforcement officials. Many veterans seem adverse to either admitting that they have a problem or to even identifying themselves as a veteran at all.
P.E.E.R.S. provides screening, assessments, and individualized care management. P.E.E.R.S. Care Managers work in conjunction with VA primary health care, mental health care, substance use treatment, and other community based resource systems to serve the veteran’s individual needs.
An Individual Service Plan (ISP) is a long-range plan to address the housing, medical, counseling, education, vocational, legal, financial, social and spiritual needs of the veteran. The ISP is developed by the Care Manager in conjunction with the veteran upon entry into the program. The ISP is reviewed weekly, progress is documented, goals are updated, and adjusted, as necessary.
For a number of reasons, not all homeless veterans are forthcoming regarding their military service. For some, they do not realize that the fact they served in the military may qualify them as a veteran eligible for benefits. It is critical that staff and volunteers are aware of these issues and are informed of how to approach the veteran in a conversation that will garner the information necessary to assist the veteran, while taking into account their diverse backgrounds. Read more...
If you are or know a veteran who needs our services click here to go to the printable application.