Health Care for Homeless Vets
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
Funded by the Veterans Administration, and in partnership with Bend’s Bethlehem Inn, COVO’s Health Care for Homeless Vets (HCHV) program offers a transitional program to assist homeless veterans in getting housed and back on their feet. Bethlehem Inn provides shelter, basic necessities, and shared case management duties with COVO in an effort to end veteran homelessness in Central Oregon.
Intensive case management with veterans has three main areas of focus:
COVO and Bethlehem Inn case managers work with the veterans to remove barriers to stable housing and seek affordable, sustainable living situations. Barriers to housing can include previous negative housing reports, lack of deposit or application fee, and more.
COVO partners with local area employment assistance agencies to provide career opportunities for veterans, including resume assistance, interview practice and direct job referral. Agencies are both state-funded employment services to one-on-one job assistance for qualified applicants.
Homelessness can be physically and mentally detrimental. HCHV works with veterans to get them enrolled in VA medical so such issues can be addressed. Self-Determination can be hindered by substance abuse, depression, anxiety, shame. Case managers work closely with veterans to help with self-esteem and worth.