COGUM’s Homeless Veterans Housing Program

 

COGUM’s Homeless Veterans Housing Program seeks to address the housing crisis being experienced by our nation’s heroes. COGUM will implement two housing models supported by the Homeless Veterans Per Diem Program: Hospital to Housing and Low Demand Housing.

Homeless Veterans Housing & Programs

Hospital to Housing (H2H)

  • The Hospital to Housing VA Point of Contact identifies a veteran in the ED or inpatient ward
  • The veteran is assessed for appropriateness and suitability
  • A post-discharge plan is developed with veteran, GPD, and VA case manager input
  • A care management plan is developed, including the frequency of follow-up with the VA care team (either on-site at the GPD or at the VA)
  • With GPD agreement, the veteran is discharged to the GPD
  • Ongoing follow-up and medical care is provided by the VA
  • A plan for permanent housing is put in place

Low Demand Housing

  • Targets the chronically homeless with mental illness and/or substance use problems
  • Targets individuals who have been unsuccessful in traditional programs
  • Does not require sobriety or compliance with treatment as a condition of admission or continued stay
  • Demands are kept to a minimum
  • Environment of care is as non-intrusive as possible
  • Rules focus on staff and resident safety
  • Residents will not be evicted for minor rule infractions
  • Residents are proactively engaged to participate in groups, classes, and programming, but are not forced to participate in programming

Veterans housing is provided in a shared dwelling with one to two roommates. Veterans will have 24-hour staff in the homes to assist with medication management, meal preparation, and daily living skills.

Supportive Services

COGUM will also offer supportive services to assist veterans:

  • Transportation to doctor appointments, employment, and scheduled activities
  • Substance abuse and mental health counseling
  • Support groups
  • Educational classes covering budgeting, financial planning, basic nutrition, healthy relationships, and job readiness