New Start for Veterans

The Start Corporation has developed a Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Program in collaboration with New Orleans Veterans Affairs, the satellite Veterans Affairs out-patient facility in Houma, Louisiana and other community providers. The program provides temporary housing and supportive services to single homeless veterans who are experiencing mental health and substance abuse problems.

Start Corporation operates a 12-unit single room occupancy complex to serve as transitional housing program for homeless veterans at 137 New Orleans Boulevard. The New Start for Veterans’ Transitional Housing Program gives each resident an opportunity to break their cycle of homelessness. Residents are encouraged to change their homeless lifestyle through the development of living skills, personal growth, recovery, self reliance, productivity, residential stability, and community involvement. The program is designed to give each resident an opportunity to stabilize their living environment while exploring employment opportunities and a more permanent living situation. Start Corporation’s philosophy is based on the belief that recovery is strengthened and supported by having safe and stable housing, access to basic needs, being a part of a supportive social network, and having meaningful interests and activities. Our goal is to help the persons we serve obtain these things and to help them feel like productive members of their community.

Population Served

Veterans who are homeless, disabled and have dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse.

Setting

Transitional Housing

Days / Hours of Service

Monday- Friday 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Residential staff is available on site outside of office hours when needed by client. 24 hour emergency Phone contact is available

Payer Sources

Veteran’s Homeless Grant & Per Diem Program and Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Rent

Determined pre-tenancy using the HUD Resident Rent Calculation Worksheet

Referral Sources

New Orleans Department of Veteran Affairs, VA satellite Out Patient Facility, Gulf Coast Teaching Families Services, Self-referrals and other community service providers.

Specific Services

New Orleans Department of Veteran Affairs, VA satellite Out Patient Facility, Gulf Coast Teaching Families Services, Self-referrals and other community service providers.

Service Model

Motivational Interviewing, Therapeutic Community and Health Realization Empowerment model

Special Population Needs

Services, information, and referrals may be adjusted based on special needs when identified.

Eligibility Criteria

This program serves homeless veterans with low incomes who can live independently.

Exclusionary Criteria

Veterans who cannot live independently, lifetime sex offenders and no available housing.

Funding Contingency

If current funding is reduced or discontinued the program will no longer be a supportive service in the community.

Screening and Admission

All prospective participants will be assessed through the VA Satellite Clinic for a clearance which includes blood work, X-ray and a Mental/Medical evaluation. Once the clearance is completed the participant will be assessed by Valence Herbert then placed in housing case management will assess and provide needed services.

What We Do

Start Corporation will provide support to participants as they engage in a successful transition to self- sufficiency by teaching them the skills necessary to live independently.

Program Goals

• To promote a safe and stable living environment for participants.

• To provide services and referrals that meets the needs of the participants.

• To assist residents in identifying and overcoming barriers to permanent housing

• To assist participants in developing skills required to meet obligations of tenancy.

Expectations of the Program

Program participates must have an income or Medicaid in order to be eligible for housing subsidy and are expected to contribute a portion of their income to their total monthly housing costs, including their initial start up cost for moving into an apartment. Participants are required to participate in reaching their goals by meeting weekly with case management to increase their awareness and skills in these core areas:

• Employment and career development

• Budgeting skills and money management

• Housing

• Life Skills

• Building social supports

• Exploring and pursuing educational goals

Length of Stay

Participates are able to stay in the program 16 months to 2 years.

Transition/Discharge

This is a transitional housing program therefore, transition begins upon entrance into the program and involves establish service goals and plans to obtain and successfully maintain permanent housing.