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VA St. Louis Health Care System


Homeless Veterans

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)

HCHV Homeless Services is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team that is designed to meet veterans where they are and provide no-wrong door services. HCHV provides a continuum of services for homeless Veterans, which are outlined below. Homeless program staff include social workers, peer support specialists, addiction therapists, and vocational specialists. Most Homeless Program services are based out of the Hope Recovery Center (515 N. Jefferson), approximately 1 mile from John Cochran Medical Center. Our team works hand and hand with community providers and Veterans to reach our goal to end Veteran homelessness in St. Louis by 2015.

If you know a homeless Veteran, please call us at 314-652-4100 ext. 55460. We are here to help.  You can also call the 24/7 National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838.

HCHV Homeless Programs

Outreach Services & Case Management/ Referral: The Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program provides outreach and case management for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Case Managers  meet with Veterans in the office and in the community (shelters, prisons, Veterans court, to name a few). For eligible Veterans, HCHV provides case management services at multiple levels of care. Case Managers assist veterans by making referrals to VA or other community services. Contact: 314-652-4100 ext 55460.

Emergency Housing: HCHV partners with two community providers in Illinois (i.e. Chestnut Health Systems and Opal’s House) to provide emergency housing for homeless male and female veterans for up to 90 days. Number of beds are limited. Contact: 314-652-4100 ext 55460.

Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Transitional Housing: The VA partners with four community agencies (i.e. Department of Mental Health/St. Patricks Center, The Joseph Center, Criminal Justice Ministries, and Salvation Army) to provide temporary housing and treatment for Veterans to support them in their recovery and to assist them with their transition to permanent housing. These programs provide support for male Veterans recovering from mental health or substance abuse issues and for Veterans with a history of incarcerated. VA GPD Liaisons monitor the care provided by GPD providers and provide supportive services. Contact: 314-652-4100 ext. 55460.

HUD-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH): The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have joined together to create the HUD-VA Supported Housing Program.  The program was created to serve chronically homeless Veterans who are in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders or other disabling conditions, who need continued support and assistance to live successfully in the community.  Contact: 314-652-4100 ext. 55460.

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO): The VJO Specialist primarily works directly with justice-involved Veterans who have criminal charges either in the pre-court or court stage of processing.  In some cases, Veterans will be involved in the local Veterans courts in our area.  The goal of Veterans Court and the VJO program is to prevent incarceration, reduce repeat offenses, and promote healthy choices. In general, the VJO assists Veterans by providing outreach and referrals and by working with court officials and the Veteran to monitor Veteran progress toward meeting court requirements. Courts in our area: Veterans Courts are located in St. Louis City, MO, Madison County, IL, and St. Clair County, IL. Contact: 314-652-4100 ext. 55371.

Coming soon (December 2013): Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT): This new medical and mental health team will provide easy access to medical and mental health care for homeless Veterans at Hope Recovery Center. Care and treatment will be person-centered and focused on improving health and supporting permanent housing solutions. Contact: 314-652-4100 ext. 55460.

Our Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program has received accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


CARF Gold SealCARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services. Accreditation is an official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. The three year accreditation decision awarded to our programs represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows substantial conformance to CARF standards.


If you are a Veteran who has lost your home, VA can help you get back on your feet. Contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to speak to a trained VA responder. The hotline and online chat are free and neither VA registration nor enrollment in VA healthcare is required to use either service.

When you call or join the online chat:

  • You will be connected to a trained VA responder. 
  • The responder will ask a few questions to assess your needs.
  • If you’re a Veteran, you may be connected with the Homeless Program point of contact at the nearest VA facility.
  • Contact information will be requested so staff may follow up.

VA offers these services, all available via 1-877-4AID-VET, to homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness and their families:

Opportunities to return to employment

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VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing supports to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

Safe Housing

The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program provides grants and per diem payments (as funding is available) to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers for homeless Veterans. Learn more about the Grant Per Diem Program

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HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program is a joint effort between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA. HUD allocated nearly 38,000 "Housing Choice" Section 8 vouchers across the country. These vouchers allow Veterans and their families to live in market rate rental units while VA provides case management services. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord on behalf of the participating Veteran. The Veteran then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program. Learn more about the HUD-VASH Program.

The Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program makes all VA foreclosed properties available for sale to homeless provider organizations-at a 20 to 50 percent discount-to shelter homeless Veterans.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides grants and technical assistance to community-based, nonprofit organizations to help Veterans and their families stay in their homes. Learn more about the SSVF program.

Health care

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VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program offers outreach, exams, treatment, referrals, and case management to Veterans who are homeless and dealing with mental health issues, including substance use. At more than 135 HCHV sites, trained, caring VA specialists provide tools and support necessary for Veterans to get their lives on a better track. Call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program page.

VA’s Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program provides a coordinated "medical home" specifically tailored to the needs of homeless Veterans that integrates clinical care with delivery of social services with enhanced access and community coordination. Implementation of this model is expected to address many of the health disparity and equity issues facing this population and result in reduced emergency department use and hospitalizations, improved chronic disease management, improved "housing readiness" with fewer Veterans returning to homelessness once housed. Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program

VA’s Homeless Veterans Dental Program provides dental treatment for eligible Veterans in a number of programs: Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, VA Grant and Per Diem, Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (contract bed), and Community Residential Care. VA is working to expand dental care to all eligible Veterans within this program. Homeless Veterans Dental Program

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) brings together providers, advocates, and other concerned citizens to identify the needs of homeless Veterans and work to meet those needs through planning and cooperative action. This process has helped build thousands of relationships between VA and community agencies so that together they can better serve homeless Veterans. For more information on Project CHALENG, call VA’s toll-free hotline or visit the Project CHALENG web page.

Mental health services

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Veteran Justice Outreach provides eligible, justice-involved Veterans with timely access to VA’s mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.

VA’s Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative provides substance use services in the community to aid homeless Veterans' recovery.

The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through supports including those addressing mental health and substance use problems.

The Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center Programs feature community-based locations and outreach activities that help to identify homeless Veterans and match homeless Veterans with necessary services.


Homeless Veterans
Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
Hope Recovery Center
314-652-4100 Ext. 55460


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