Veterans Haven South
About Veterans Haven South
Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans
Our nation and our State, grateful for its hard-won freedom and democracy, owes a special debt to its Veterans. For that reason, the word “Veteran” and the word “homeless” should never appear in the same sentence. Unfortunately, it is a reality. Therefore, it is an imperative that New Jersey works to restore dignity and purpose to those who so unselfishly laid their lives on the line for our country.
The Veterans Transitional Housing Program (Veterans Haven South) is a New Jersey State-operated facility for homeless veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible veterans must agree to a long term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation.
Veterans Haven-South is a program where residents must be willing to maintain their sobriety while enrolled. Random drug and alcohol testing is constantly performed and violators are immediately placed in an Intensive Outpatient Program to assist with maintaining sobriety.
Veterans admitted to Veterans Haven South come to a 100 bed facility with 3 different programs and staff who are sensitive to the multiple needs they present such as:
Individual Service Plan (ISP) designed for the short-term with the focus on the rapid move to permanent housing. Rather than the completion of treatment goals, Veterans are expected to receive case management and support, which should be coordinated with the HUD-VASH, SSVF, or other available community based programs. Veterans will receive support in accessing services as needed/requested by the Veteran.
Treatment programs will incorporate strategies to increase income and housing attainment goals. Individualized assessment, services and treatment plans are tailored to achieve optimal results in a time efficient manner and are consistent with sound clinical practice. Program stays are to be individualized based upon the IPS for the Veteran (not program driven). Staff are licensed and/or credentialed for the substance-use disorder/mental health services provided.
Service Intensive Transitional Housing
The services incorporate tactics to increase the Veteran’s income through employment and/or benefits and obtaining permanent housing. Services provided and strategies used by the Veteran will vary based on the individualized needs of the Veteran and resources available in the community. Applicant specifies the staffing levels and range of services to be provided.
Veterans Haven South staff is comprised of diverse professionals specializing in mental health/social services counseling, addictions counseling, vocational rehabilitation counseling and nursing. There is also a 24 hour staff with varied duties to meet the needs of the residents ranging from mentorship to transporting residents for vocational and medical appointments, as well as transporting residents to and from required AA and NA meetings. The concept of Veterans helping Veterans is woven throughout the fabric of the program.
- Veteran must be homeless.
- Individual must be a veteran under US Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines.
- Veteran must be eligible for VA healthcare benefits.
- Applicant must be drug and alcohol free at time of admission.
**For Veterans that do not meet these criteria, a limited number of Veterans may still be eligible for admittance under the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program.**
Veterans Haven South offers a variety of services for veterans enrolled in our program. During the initial orientation period, all residents are required to be processed through the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. This is so the veteran can be given a complete physical, assigned a primary care physician and if needed given a PPD (TB) test, which is required for admission to Veterans Haven South.
We also surround our Veterans with a host of supporting services such as Federal & State Veterans Service Officers (VSO) in order to process claims in a timely manner. Ventnor Community Base Outpatient Clinic provides weekly PTSD groups for those that wish to attend. Millville Multi-Service Center supports Veterans Haven-South by providing a program that provides credit repair services and debt forgiveness guidance for our Veterans. Thanks to our supporters and sponsors, we conduct morale building field trips such as visits to Gettysburg Battlefield, Statue of Liberty as well as tranquil fishing trips along with several social activities throughout the year such as Voices of Valor and People & Stories.
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