Grants for Veterans Services Award Recipients
Organizational information and use of grant
HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program (HIP)
HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program is delighted to have been selected by IDVA as an award recipient of GVS funding. HIP has a long history of serving our veterans and their families who are homeless in Marion County. We will use these funds to ensure those veteran households with the highest needs will have access to housing and employment assistance ensuring an end to their homelessness with a sustainable future.
Shepherd’s House was founded in 1998 by a U.S. Marine and has been recognized for serving homeless veterans who struggle with alcoholism and chemical dependencies since 2009. We’ve worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans from the Army, Marines, Navy and Coastguard with our Grant Per Diem Program. GVS funding will help us work to eliminate veteran homelessness and provide a safe environment. We also provide job search assistance and help locate independent housing when veterans are ready to transition into permanent housing.
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana
The GVS award will be used to support gaps in funding to aid with veteran transportation, utility, and rental assistance in LaPorte, Porter, Allen, Jasper, Lake and Newton counties. It is a great opportunity to honor veterans in need and assist with offering the hope and support they deserve.
Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana
HVAF of Indiana will utilize funding from GVS to provide case management and peer support to veterans residing in transitional housing in Marion County. These services will provide needed support for veterans to obtain self-sufficiency and obtain permanent housing after leaving HVAF.
Transition Resources Corporation (TRC)
TRC will use the GVS award to serve veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. We will provide veterans with short-term financial assistance (i.e., help paying rent, move-in costs, utilities) to maintain housing or to obtain safe and secure permanent housing. TRC will also offer case management services to connect veterans to workforce services, health & mental health sources, and other community and state resources so they can meet their individual and family goals. TRC will offer these services in Wayne, Rush, Fayette, Union, Franklin and Decatur counties.
Center for the Homeless
The Center for the Homeless has offered specialized veteran support for more than ten years. With the support of GVS funding, we can ensure these services are available to all veterans who seek our assistance: male or female, active duty or reservist/National Guard. We are excited to partner with IDVA in this endeavor!
Indiana Legal Services
The Military Assistance Project (MAP) of Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) will provide two services to our Hoosier veterans with this grant. First, ILS’s MAP will create a new Veteran Eviction Avoidance Project that serves Marion County and the “Donut” Counties (Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, and Hendricks). Using the lessons learned from the Marion County Eviction Avoidance Project operated in ILS’ Indianapolis office, this new project would serve only veterans and take referrals from all veteran service providers in the area. Second, ILS’s MAP will establish a Guardianship Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) focused on establishing guardianships for veterans when there are NO feasible least-restrictive means for the veteran because of cognitive impairment. This MLP will only accept referrals from the three VA hospitals in the state (Roudebush VAMC and the Fort Wayne Campus and Marion Campus of the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System).
Lafayette Transitional Housing Center
This new grant will provide critical financial resources for LTHC Homeless Services to hire additional staff and have funding available to pay for housing solutions for our homeless veterans. We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the organizations that works to end homelessness for all veterans in Indiana.
Operation Combat Bike Saver
Operation Combat Bikesaver (OCB) will use GVS funds to provide a therapeutic motorcycle workshop for veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, and/or depression. Proceeds from the award will benefit veterans with project builds, continue to provide them a safe space for therapeutic services, and the Blaster Program, which will continue to provide resources to veterans participating at OCB who are facing personal challenges in their life.
Veterans Life Changing Services
GVS funds will increase the veterans’ program Veterans Life Changing Services (VLCS) capacity to advance strategies and interventions for homeless veteran outcomes. Funding will permit VLCS the ability to eliminate homelessness among veterans by providing safe and secure temporary and permanent housing opportunities; link veterans to job training and employment assistance through Work One; as well as connect veterans to various resources by utilizing the collaborative partnership of over 60 community partners throughout Northwest Indiana.
We have been providing veteran services for several years now and feel that along with our community partners, we are making a difference for those in our community. We have discovered the primary struggle is many who have served our county do not qualify for some veteran services based on their status. We have a large Guard unit in our community and that is where we most often see a gap. These dollars will give us the opportunity to serve Guardsmen and women in our community trying to reintegrate into the community, may be facing homelessness and need housing. Also, we serve some veterans who have utilized other resources, but are faced with new additional challenges and may not be eligible to access those funds to address their issues.
Family Service Association of Howard County
Since the opening of Jackson Street Commons in 2014, Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc. (FSA), has provided stable housing and supportive services to homeless veterans in our community. With this grant from IDVA, FSA is able to extend the scope of services to other homeless and near-homeless veterans in Howard and surrounding counties by employing a part-time Housing Specialist and providing rental assistance to help veterans experiencing a housing crisis to address barriers to housing, get quickly connected to resources and secure stable housing. Our goal with this new program is to expand our capacity to assist homeless and near-homeless veterans so that homelessness is prevented or a rare, brief, one-time experience.
Operation Job Ready Veterans
IDVA's generous support will allow 83 underemployed or unemployed veterans to complete the Veteran Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) and have access to ongoing job search assistance and placement support. Of this funding, 10 percent will be intentionally dedicated for homeless veteran attendees. Seventy-four disadvantaged veterans and nine homeless veterans will receive the benefit of this vital job readiness opportunity and lasting employment support.