About AHVFPosted by admin on Nov 11, 2011 in Featured | 11 comments
What We Are About:
The success of our organization is measured by these questions:
(1) Are the lives of the Veterans we come in contact with positively impacted by our work; and (2) Are the number of Homeless Veterans being reduced as a result of our actions.
- Darrell Bogan, Founder
First Step: Get them to the VA
While at a shelter in Atlanta in early 2010, the Veterans AHVF members spoke with shared that one of the main challenges they faced was transportation to the VA. Because the homeless shelters in Atlanta are over 20+ miles away from the nearest VA, they don’t have the means to make it to their appointments. So AHVF’s initial step in this four step process is to get them to the VA, by providing them bus passes or rides so that they could make their appointments, receive their benefits, and find transitional housing.
Second Step: Reconnect them with their families
There was a homeless Veteran named Raymond who found refuge under the Covington Highway Bridge in Atlanta, GA. Friends of the foundation were able to get him to the VA (First Step) where Bogan visited with him for four hours. During the visit they talked about many things including his family and Raymond was encouraged to reach out to his family. Initially, because of shame, guilt and embarrassment, he was reluctant to do so. After a lengthy conversation, he was convinced to contact his family. They were very excited to hear from him. They had been worried. They didn’t know where he had been. Soon thereafter, they drove to Atlanta and reconnected with him and they stated anew.
Third Step: Help them find Transitional Housing
The VA in collaboration with HUD has a number of resources lined up that could help homeless Veterans locate housing. That is why getting them to the VA is an important step in the process. According to the VA, HUD has allocated over 20,000 “Housing Choice” Section 8 vouchers to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) throughout the country for eligible homeless Veterans. This program allows Veterans and their families to live in Veteran-selected apartment units. The vouchers are portable, allowing Veterans to live in communities where VA case management services can be provided. This program is especially helpful to Veterans with families, women Veterans, recently returning Veterans and Veterans with disabilities.
Fourth Step: Provide Incidentals while in Transition
The incidentals the Foundation will provide are everyday living necessities for a better quality of life, i.e. combs, brushes, shaving cream, deodorant etc… And this is where the American people could get involved. Download the song Reaching for You or DONATE today to help make an impact on the lives of our men and women who help to keep this country safe.
Fifth Step: Beginning fall 2012:
Job Counseling and Readiness
Assistance with applying for VA Disability Benefits
Assistance with applying for VA Education
Referrals to Other agencies
General Computer training/usage
Pro Bono Legal Services
Housing (At a later date)