Health Care for Homeless Veterans - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center

 

Health Care for Homeless Veterans

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What We Do

The Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program is an essential and critical part of the VHA, providing a gateway to VA and community supportive services for eligible Veterans who are homeless.  HCHV programs provide outreach, case management and Contracted Residential Services in community locations to engage homeless Veterans who are underserved and disenfranchised. 

See the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Continuum of Care Program Service & Structure sheet for more detailed information.

OUTREACH

  • Provides Points of contact for all 22 counties that the Battle Creek VAMC serves.
  • Provides Assistance connecting Veterans to VA programs and Services.
  • Provides a point of contact for community partners assisting Veterans who may benefit from VA programs and Services
Contact Info

Battle Creek Campus

(269) 966-5600 X33563

Benton Harbor

(269) 966-5600 X32567

Grand Rapids-HCHV Service Center

(269) 966-5600 X39201

Lansing-HCHV Service Center

(269) 966-5600 X37878

Muskegon CBOC

(269) 966-5600 X39753



Program Manager

Daleth Jean-Jules, MSSW, LMSW
(269) 966-5600 Ext. 31625

For general program information, call (269) 966-5600, Ext. 31625.

Service Information

Housing options that may be available include:

Jesse House Program:
  • The Jesse House Program is a collaborative effort by the Battle Creek Housing Commission (BCHC), the City of Battle Creek, and the BCVAMC.  The goal of the Jesse House Program is to build upon the foundation of Recovery skills that participants have developed, increase their ability to function at the highest level possible, and help them be successful in an independent living environment. 
  • The Jesse House offers a Recovery Centered Therapeutic Living Environment in a community setting where services are provided to enhance continued recovery from drug/alcohol dependency and/or mental health disorders; employability; consumer skills; money management; community involvement; continued personal and interpersonal development; and physical and mental health and well-being. 
  • The Jesse House Program is a Recovery First Program.  The program duration is for up to one year however; potential participants should be willing to commit to at least six months in the program.
Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH)
  • HUD-VASH is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The vouchers are distributed through the local Public Housing Authorities. The HUD-VASH voucher is similar to the Section 8 Program, but is unique in that it requires a Veteran recipient to participate in VA case management for mental health, substance abuse and primary health concerns and/or other disability.

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)

  • The purpose of the Veterans Justice Outreach Program is to avoid unnecessary criminalization of and extended incarceration among Veterans by making sure eligible Veterans at risk for homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and physical health problems have access to VA mental health and substance abuse.

Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services (HVCES)

  • VA created the Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services (HVCES) Program to make it easier than ever for business and industry to find, interview and hire job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness. 
  • CECs increase Veterans’ likelihood of employment success by connecting them to job-related resources and career opportunities and a range of supports from VA and the community, including health care, housing and social services.
  • They also collaborate with VA and non-VA partners—Compensated Work Therapy, VR&E, American Job Centers, Department of Labor homeless Veteran grantees, workforce agencies, and faith-based and community organizations—to identify gaps in competitive employment services for homeless Veterans.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

  • SUD is an addiction recovery program that is available to Veterans who are enrolled in a HCHV program. Veterans should be motivated to make a change in their lives regard­ing substance use. All Veterans will be assessed for services and then appropriate referrals made depending on level of care determined by the SUD Specialist.

Transitional Housing (Grant Per Diem/ Contract Programs)

VA partners with community agencies to provide transitional housing for homeless Veterans.  The purpose of the transitional housing programs is to provide a clean, safe, sober environment in which to engage the Veteran and work toward treatment goals that lead to permanent housing resulting in residential stability of the participants, increased skill level and/or income of the participants, and/or greater self-determination.

    Homeless Veterans Dental Initiative (HVDI):Homeless Veterans who have been in a designated Homeless program for 60 or more consecutive days may be eligible for specified dental services.  Dental problems, such as pain and/or missing teeth can be tremendous barriers in seeking and obtaining employment. Veterans report significant improvement in perceived oral health, general health, and overall self-esteem, thus, supporting the notion that dental care is an important aspect of the overall concept of homeless rehabilitation.

    Contact Info

    Location

    • Battle Creek Campus - Bldg. 14
      Grand Rapids - HCHV Service Center
      Lansing - HCHV Service Center

    Contact Number(s)

    • 269-966-5600 Ext. 31677

    Hours of Operation

    • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday