Butler VA Health Care System
Expedited Housing During a Pandemic
Thursday, August 20, 2020U.S. Army Veteran Kenneth Piper was living with a group of Veterans as part of a community homeless program when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Given the circumstances, the Butler VA’s homeless team worked quickly to find a more permanent, secluded housing option to keep him safe.
Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of limited access to health care, pre-existing conditions, and lack of access to basic infection prevention and control methods. VA is committed to taking every possible precaution to protect the health and safety of these Veterans.
“A HUD-VASH voucher was expedited for me, and the landlord let me move into a sleeping room until a one-bedroom apartment became available,” shared Kenneth. “Now, I’m moved into my apartment and love it!”
HUD-VASH, a collaborative program between HUD and VA, combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless find and sustain permanent housing. In addition to HUD-VASH, VA’s specialized programs for homeless Veterans serve hundreds of thousands of homeless and at-risk Veterans each year. Independently and in collaboration with federal and community partners, VA programs provide Veterans with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice- and reentry-related services and more. Learn more about these programs at www.va.gov/homeless/for_homeless_veterans.asp.
“The Butler VA team also delivered an air conditioner for me to help with my Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and has been very helpful,” Kenneth added.
VA is committed to protecting the health and safety of the nation’s most vulnerable Veterans—those who lack stable housing. Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness should reach out to the Butler VA’s homeless program: Call 1-800-362-8262, press “0” for the Operator, and ask to speak to a member of the Homeless Team. More information is also available at: www.butler.va.gov/services/homeless/index.asp.