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Veteran services

  1. 1. Veteran Services Elizabeth Donald AmeriCorps VISTA Billings Metro Vista Project City of Billings 3/5/2014 1
  2. 2. What is AmeriCorps VISTA? Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 to combat poverty in the USA; in 1993 it was added as an AmeriCorps program  Year-long volunteer commitment to a nonprofit  Volunteers do capacity building for nonprofits that work to end poverty  3/5/2014 2
  3. 3. Project Goals Increase the capacity of homeless veterans who receive services in Billings  Decrease the amount of homeless veterans  Assist local veteran service providers to increase funding and marketing strategies  3/5/2014 3
  4. 4. Who is considered homeless?  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homelessness as an individual or family with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground  An individual is precariously housed if they are in imminent risk of becoming homeless under HUD’s definition the following are considered precariously housed ◦ ◦ With friends or family; voluntarily for long duration ◦ Motel/hotel paid by self ◦ Hospital ◦ Jail, prison or detention facility ◦ Psychiatric facility ◦ Substance abuse treatment facility ◦  With friends or family; on emergency basis, for short duration Youth foster care home For this project both individuals who are precariously housed and homeless by HUD’s definition are considered homeless 3/5/2014 4
  5. 5. Homeless Veterans in Billings The Housing Status Survey in 2013 reported that there were 66 homeless veterans in billings  In 2012 there were 45 homeless veterans that is a 46% increase  14 percent of all homeless in Billings are veterans  Only 9% of the overall population in Billings are veterans 
  6. 6. Homeless Veterans Where Homeless Veterans in Billings are Living 20% Outside/place not for sleeping 43% 8% Emergency Shelter With friends or families on a short term basis 29% Other
  7. 7. Local Veteran Resources A list of resources available for veterans was created by the Veteran Services project through the Billings Metro VISTA Project  The veterans resource list can be found here 
  8. 8. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
  9. 9. Volunteer  We would greatly appreciate anyone who desires to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Donald at vista2@ci.billings.mt.us or 406-6578289
  10. 10. Donations   Any donations to this project would be deeply appreciated Monetary donations can be sent to: ◦  Community Development Division, 2825 3rd Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101. Please make checks out to the "City of Billings" with the words "Veteran Services Project" on the memo line We are seeking the following items: •Granola bars •Bottles of water •Individual packages of trail mix •Individual nut packages •Socks •Gloves •Disposable razors •Deodorant • Toothpaste •Toothbrushes •Soap •Individual packages of tissues •Other similar items
  11. 11. A HUGE Thanks to…       Allegra for their donation of printing services for the veterans resource list Billings Pay it Forward Group for their donation of care package items for homeless veterans Brewer Dental Center for their donation of toothbrushes for care packages for homeless veterans Sophie DeMartine for items for care packages for homeless veterans Turley Dental Care for their donation of toothpaste and floss for the veteran care packages Wendy's for their donation of free sandwich coupons for homeless veterans
  12. 12. National Resources for Veterans        VA Benefits Information: http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/ VA Healthcare Information: http://www.va.gov/health/ Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255 Veterans Crisis Chat http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.a spx Veterans Crisis Line Website: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/Default.aspx Women Veterans Hotline 1-855-VA-WOMEN VA toll free numbers: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703

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