Central Oregon Veterans Outreach started with Vietnam Veterans from Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 820 working out of the back of their trucks, taking food and water out to homeless camps for Vets. From these efforts COVO grew to now offering a wide range of services and support for our Central Oregon Veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless. Our focus is also on any Vet who needs connection in the community with people who understand and respect the impact military service has on Veterans and their families. And because Veterans serve their community, COVO’s Homeless Outreach Program serves the non-Veteran homeless with basic needs items and referral to community services.
A brief overview of our programs is below, or visit the individual pages for more information. Take a moment to look at all we can do, its what we are passionate about.
COVO owns housing in Bend, Prineville, Madras and Lapine as part of the Housing for Heroes program.
Getting connected with the working world can be a tough one, after separating from the military. We recommend two different programs for veterans looking for jobs.
Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
The central goal of the HCHV program is to reduce homelessness among Veterans by reaching out to those who are the most vulnerable and connecting them with support and rehabilitative services. These services often duplicate the services provided under the SSVF program.
The Outreach program provides basic life necessities to Veterans in need, both at our Outreach Center and in the camps.
Medical Appointment Transportation
As dispatchers for the DAV transport Van, COVO can connect you with rides to your VA-approved medical appointments. This service is free, but does have timing and space considerations.
The SSVF program offers help to Central Oregon Veterans facing eviction or homelessness to find housing that’s right for them. These services can include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and help in accessing mainstream benefits. Referrals to additional services such as temporary financial assistance with rent, utility, and child care expenses can also occur.
If you are interested in our Veteran referral programs, please check the Veteran Referral Services page, which provides more information on several of these topics and more.
If you need help today, visit our community resource page.