Two Veterans Affairs programs for homeless veterans in Colorado Springs need your help. The HUD/VA Supported Housing program and the Shelter Plus Care program, both located in the VA clinic building at 25 N. Spruce Street, provide HUD housing vouchers, case management, and medical/mental health/substance abuse treatment for homeless veterans. They also provide outreach to the vets with donations and the help of volunteers.
Homeless veterans are living in shelters, motels, campsites, friends’ homes, storage containers or their cars. When they enter the VA homeless programs, the housing vouchers only provide for an empty apartment. Items needed include food and household items such as furniture, kitchen items, bedding, towels, lamps, and toiletries. Coats, boots and work shoes are needed but clothing cannot be accepted at the present time as the programs have limited storage space. Cash donations help with bus passes, new mattresses, emergency rent, motel or gas money, and other urgent needs. Tax receipts for charitable donations are available.
Veterans in these programs include WWII, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan vets. You can help by offering jobs, by donating cash, by fund-raising, by donating items, by providing free holiday meals at restaurants, or by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver donated furniture (a government truck is available).
Donations can be dropped at the Homeless Programs office on the 2nd floor in the VA clinic building or picked up by volunteers. To donate or volunteer with these local homeless veterans programs, please call Bunny at 471-8527, Judith at 685-1965 or Sharon at 667-4440.

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