Allentown, PA – Hope for Veterans®, which serves homeless and at-risk veterans in seven eastern PA counties, is holding a grand opening for its new Veterans Drop-In Center on Monday, June 1st. The center is located at 2895 Hamilton Boulevard, Suite 207 in Allentown, PA and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m with specific services being available on individual weekdays.
The Drop-In Center is an extension of the agency's Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Programs and is available free-of-charge to any veteran or veteran family members who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Staff will be on-site to provide information and resources for veteran households seeking housing and support services. Open and available weekdays are the vocational and computer lab for veterans seeking employment as well as board games and television for recreation.
The daily schedule of on-site services for the Drop-In Center are: Monday is job placement and vocational services, Tuesday is budgeting assistance, Wednesday is assisting with SOAR Applications, Thursday is housing assistance and Friday is Mental Health and Recovery services.
"The Center will be a safe and supportive place to come in off the street and access needed resources," said John Maher, Program Coordinator for the SSVF Program Team.
The SSVF Program has saved several hundred veteran households in Pennsylvania from homelessness since Hope for Veterans established services in the State in 2013. Hope for Veterans serves homeless and at-risk veteran households in the seven counties of Bucks, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wyoming Counties
. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program is a homeless prevention program designed to assist veterans and veteran families at risk of homelessness to maintain their housing and to rapidly re-house veteran families who have recently become homeless. Hope for Veterans® provides case management services to assist veterans and their families in securing housing and developing a housing stability plan to avert or overcome homelessness. Temporary financial assistance may also be available to eligible households for rental housing deposits, utility deposits, moving costs and other expenses.
Veterans seeking information on the SSVF Program can visit the Drop-In Center or contact the SSVF Referral Hotling 24 hours a day at 1-855-4VET-HOME (1-855-483-8466) or via email at SSVF@NJ211.org