VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Homeless Programs Open House at Menlo Park Division
June 8, 2012 - Last Thursday, the accomplishments of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) Domiciliary at Menlo Park Division were recognized and awarded at an Open House with staff and leadership, emphasizing their goal to end Veteran homelessness.
In her State of the DOM address, Kate Severin, chief of Domiciliary, acknowledged those achievements, stating, "Ever since the opening of the Domiciliary in 1998, VAPAHCS collectively reduced Veteran homelessness by 27 percent."
Severin, along with others in the Domiciliary and Social Work, has brought all the homeless programs under one umbrella. The programs that make up this effort include Veterans Justice Outreach, Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans, Homeless Outreach, Rural Health Outreach, Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Grants and Per Diem, Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH), First Step, and Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program.
In 2009, Secretary Shinseki declared, "We will end Veteran homelessness in five years." The Domiciliary, with support from VAPAHCS leadership, works towards this goal with its six major services: Prevention, Outreach, Housing, Treatment, Employment, and Community Partnerships. These major services have brought about changes to the standard of living for Veterans. Currently, the Palo Alto Domiciliary operates 100 treatment beds and has a goal of treating 290 Veterans this year.
Severin also stated how the future plan of the Palo Alto Domiciliary is to put more support on the prevention side of their services. This is to ensure a continuation of a higher standard of living for Veterans who have graduated from their programs and to provide services for potential Veterans at-risk.
Visit the VAPAHCS Domiciliary website for more information on the various homeless programs.