Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard
Veterans Place was founded in 1996 and is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region. The goal of Veterans Place, working with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and other organizations, is to facilitate the transition from homeless to home for homeless vets, and to help them become engaged, valuable citizens who contribute to their communities.
About Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard
Currently Veterans Place serves 300 homeless veterans annually through two key programs: The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) (formerly The Day Program) and the Transitional Housing Program. Through VRC, homeless veterans are transported from shelters across the Pittsburgh region to the Veterans Place facility on Washington Boulevard where they are provided meals, clothing, case management, health-related referrals, employment assistance and other services designed to address the root issues that cause homelessness, including chemical dependency and mental illness. By leveraging in-house services with a variety of community partners, the Day Program operates as the front line for homeless vets and a gateway to other programs and services in the region. Veterans Place operates the only drop-in day program for homeless vets in the region.
The Transitional Housing Program can accommodate 48 homeless veterans for up to a 24-month stay in one of the 13 townhouses on Washington Boulevard. Veterans in the program receive recovery support, case management, clothing, access to an on-site food pantry, financial management, and employment and educational assistance designed to build their self-sufficiency and independent living skills, with the central goal of achieving employment and permanent housing. The average monthly fill rate for the Transitional Housing Program is 96%. Over 87% of the Veterans in the Veterans Place THP graduated successfully in 2018, meaning they are employed and in permanent housing. This is the highest success rate among similar programs throughout the nation. Of those graduates, 93% have gained stable some level of competitive employment or received permanent pension/disability payment. Both success rates are significantly higher than the required federal government funding metrics of 65% in permanent housing and 50% employed.
A new project on the horizon is the Veterans Place Micro Homes Village that is designed for veterans who have graduated from the Transitional Housing Program, but need continued support to reach their ultimate housing and career goals. A successful graduation from the Transitional Housing Program does not always guarantee a stress-free, financially secure return to civilian status. Veterans returning to civilian life often experience a significant loss of community and camaraderie, which contributes to difficulty in adjusting to civilian status, finding a living wage job that matches their skills, and preserving permanent housing.
Marlon Ferguson Phone: 412-450-8835 firstname.lastname@example.org