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Homeless Veterans Resources

Benefit Category: Federal
End Veterans Homelessness

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you can contact the National VA Call Center 24/7 at 1-877-424-3838 (also intended for Veterans families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community). You can also chat live online 24/7 through the Homeless Veterans Chat service.

ND Coalition for Homeless People

The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People is a dynamic organization of service providers, joined together to work on the concerns of homelessness in our state. The Coalition believes that housing and other basic human needs should be within everyone's reach in an affordable and dignified manner. Our vision is to be a statewide team of agencies collaborating to end homelessness. Accomplishing this vision requires assistance from every community in the state. Regional Homeless Coalitions provide resources within communities to help accomplish this vision.

FM Area Coalition

Homeless Housing and Service Providers in the Fargo Moorhead area

ND Shelters

A complete list of North Dakota Homeless Shelters. Many other programs such as food banks, rent assistance and more.

ND Food Pantries

The ND Division of Community Services periodically updates a list of Food Pantries operating within the State. This information is provided by the seven Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that provide services within their designated service areas.

The list provides the name and address of the Food Pantry, and a contact person available to provide assistance and information. Food Pantries are independent entities that provide food and non-food items to eligible individuals and families. There are a number of sponsors of Food Pantries, including churches, faith-based organizations, community groups, non-profit agencies, service organizations, senior citizen centers, governmental units, etc. The hours of operation, eligibility requirements and the types of food and non-food items available also vary. For additional information about a particular Food Pantry, contact the person listed for the specific Food Pantry.

HUD ND Resources

List from HUD of ND resources and services.

Missouri Valley Coalition

The Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People, Inc. is a regional nonprofit dedicated to helping ensure that housing and other basic human needs are within everyone’s reach in an affordable and dignified manner. The coalition exists to advocate, coordinate and optimize services for people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, across North Dakota’s Missouri Valley including the counties of Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux.

Federal VA

VA offers a wide array of special programs and initiatives specifically designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. In fact, VA is the only Federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless persons. Although limited to veterans and their dependents, VA's major homeless-specific programs constitute the largest integrated network of homeless treatment and assistance services in the country. VA's specialized homeless veterans treatment programs have grown and developed since they were first authorized in 1987. The programs strive to offer a continuum of services that include:

  • aggressive outreach to those veterans living on streets and in shelters who otherwise would not seek assistance;
  • clinical assessment and referral to needed medical treatment for physical and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse;
  • long-term sheltered transitional assistance, case management, and rehabilitation;
  • employment assistance and linkage with available income supports; and
  • supported permanent housing.

HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

VASH 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.

VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program

HCHV 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 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or contact the:

VA Medical Center
2101 Elm Street North
Fargo, ND 58102
701-232-3241 ext. 93472

Dental Program

The mission of the Homeless Veteran Dental Program is to increase the accessibility of quality dental care to homeless Veteran patients and to help assure success in VA-sponsored and VA partnership homeless rehabilitation programs throughout the United States.

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans, reaching more than 200,000 Veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.

News about Homeless Veterans Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2014

Grant Program One of Many VA Initiatives to End Veterans’ Homelessness

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of up to approximately $600 million in grants for non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. 

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).