Dole VA medical center wants partners to help house homeless vets

Robert J. Dole, VA Medical Center (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. – The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wichita is looking for community partners to help end veteran homelessness locally.

In a news release form the VA, officials at the medical center said in 2010, the White House and Department of Veterans Affairs issued a plan to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

The VA launched the “End Veteran Homelessness” initiative, program to make sure Veterans are able to obtain permanent housing and that Veterans at risk of homelessness remain housed.

Now, the Dole V.A. Medical Center and the Department of Housing and Urban Development are looking for community partners who might be interested in the VA’s Supportive Housing program.

The program is designed to provide case management and other supportive services as well as subsidized housing vouchers to homeless vets.  The VA says landlords who are willing to accept a “Section-8 housing voucher” and partner with the VA could qualify for the program.

“The VA is able to assist homeless Veterans obtain safe and stable housing as soon as Veteran is identified and referred to the program; and with the help of community partnerships to open more housing options in the area,” said Francisco Vasquez, the medical center director


Any veteran interested in receiving the services or any landlord who would like to partner to provide services to homeless Veterans should contact Melissa Gronau, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Coordinator at 316-651-3684 or Amy Vaught, HUD coordinator at 316-685-2221 ext. 57898.

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