Too many veterans stay in Maine homeless shelters. Others sleep in abandoned buildings or in the woods because they have no home. They are this nation’s forgotten heroes – the men and women who once proudly served in a military uniform. Yet many will experience the ravages of homelessness.
Ending Homelessness Among Veterans
Preble Street Veterans Housing Services (VHS) assists low-income veterans and their families to find and maintain stable housing works to end homelessness among veterans throughout Maine.
- House veteran families.
- Prevent homelessness for veteran families who are low income and at risk of homelessness.
- Provide case management needed to maintain stable housing.
Knowing that success depends on public and private partnerships and compassionate communities, the VHS program is a collaborative effort of Preble Street with the City of Portland Social Services and Pine Tree Legal Assistance, funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families.
Preble Street staff do outreach throughout Maine to engage struggling veterans and help them navigate the range of VA benefits while the City of Portland’s Housing Prevention and Rapid Response (HPRP) works with landlords to help those on the verge of losing housing as well as place the homeless in housing with support from Preble Street case managers.
Offering Increased Opportunities for Veterans
VHS connects low-income veteran families to affordable housing and provides the services and supports needed to maintain housing which may include direct financial assistance for security deposits, first month’s rent, and utility connection fees that are frequent obstacles to obtaining housing.
Veterans have answered the call to serve our nation in a way few Americans ever will, and they deserve the full measure of our support.
- Housing search and placement
- Case management
- Budget counseling
- Information and referral for entitlements, VA benefits and programs
- Limited financial assistance
General Eligibility Guidelines
- Veteran status: The head of household or the spouse of the head of household must have been in active military service. They must be able to obtain a DD 214, and cannot have a dishonorable discharge.
- Housing Status: The family must be literally homeless – living in a shelter or someplace not meant for habitation – or be at imminent risk of losing their housing.
- Income: A family’s annual income cannot be more than 50% of the Area Median Income.
Veterans Housing Services is a partnership between Preble Street, The City of Portland Social Services, and Pine Tree Legal Assistance that is funded by the U.S. Veterans Administration.