Philadelphia, PA -- Community Hope, dba Hope for Veterans® in Pennsylvania, has opened a 20-bed emergency housing program for homeless veterans in Philadelphia, PA. The nonprofit organization, which has rescued more than 2,000 veterans from homelessness in the past decade, is attempting to address the rising rates of homelessness in and around the City. With four (4) beds reserved for homeless female veterans, Community Hope is also responding to the national increase in homelessness among women who served in the military.
“Emergency housing is a gap we have experienced in the system,” said J. Michael Armstrong, Community Hope’s Chief Executive Officer. “For example, through our Supportive Services for Veteran Family Program now operating in seven Pennsylvania counties, we have been able to rapidly re-house hundreds of homeless veterans in the past year.
The challenge is ensuring they have access to safe shelter while we help them identify and secure an affordable apartment.”
“Four of the beds have been filled in the first couple of days,” reports Dawn Martin, Community Hope’s PA Veterans Housing Director. “Our first priority is assuring their basic needs are met while working on moving them along in the process to address and overcome whatever issues led to their homelessness. Here, they are assured of a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals and the support of our case management staff to link them to healthcare, recovery programs and any other services they can benefit from.”
Referrals to the new emergency housing program will be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by calling 215-823-4077. Community Hope also operates a 24-hour referral hotline by contacting 1-855-483-8466 or SSVF@NJ211.org
. The referral hotline is for veterans, their family members and social service agencies referring homeless veterans in and around Bucks, Lehigh and five other eastern PA counties as well as 13 of New Jersey’s northern and central counties.