Salisbury VA aims to reach homeless veterans in need

Published 1:35 pm Monday, May 9, 2016

SALISBURY — The Salisbury VA Medical Center is holding its third annual Homeless Veteran Stand Down Friday, May 13, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration for homeless veterans will take place in the Building 6 gymnasium.

The stand down will provide homeless veterans an opportunity to spend the day receiving care and information. More than 20 community agencies that support the homeless will be available to provide a variety of services.

Jennifer Herb, director of the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, said, “This year in particular, our goal is to reach the maximum number of literally homeless veterans, and provide as many resources as they need in one setting.” Herb continued, “We want to reach the veterans that need homeless services the most, so we can help them get back on their feet using the Housing First model.”

The Salisbury VA Medical Center homeless veterans program is located in Building 11 and provides services Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homeless veterans can be referred to the program whether they are enrolled in VA health care or not, and can be seen by a homeless outreach social worker. Any veteran who is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, can call 877-424-3838 or 877-4AID-VET for help.