California Dept. of Veteran Affairs – http://www.cdva.ca.gov/ CalVet is working hard to help veterans get connected with the resources they need. Their goal is to make government more efficient, effective and accountable for all of California’s veterans.
Coming Home Project www.cominghomeproject.net. Offers psychological counseling for veterans, retreats and training and education. Their website gives specific information on when retreats are offered and an easy application process. They also have a system of referral to private counselors for those in need. Excellent Resource.
Homeless Resources for California: The following is a list of Homeless initiatives in CA. Many of the websites do not include information on how a veteran/family member would apply for this resource, but phone numbers are listed so one may inquire. Many of these have been in existence for some time, but some are a result of huge federal dollars being made available to serve the homeless. It is suggested that you call the most appropriate for your individual situation.
1. City of San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) http://www.sdhc.net
2. County of San Diego Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/sdhcd/index.html
3. Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Programs (HPRP) http://www.hudhre.info/hprp/
4. Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program Developers http://www.fatherjoesvillages.org/
New Directions Home (for Homeless and Disabled Veterans) – http://www.newdirectionsinc.org/ Comprehensive services to veterans in Los Angeles County. More than 600 men and women seek assistance from the agency each year. As many as 220 veterans can receive round-the-clock care at our five different residential treatment centers. The agency is also developing a 147-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and disabled veterans. (No application on the website – phone numbers only).
Operation Freedom Paws www.operationfreedomspaws.org Operation Freedoms Paws works to empower Veterans and others with disabilities to live a quality life. We do that by teaching them the skills to train their own dog. Capitalizing on the ability of the canine human relationship to help them regain their purpose, worth and value to society and their community.
NEW! Operation Warriors Foundation http://www.operationwarriorsfoundation.org/ Operation Warrior’s Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides tangible support to Military Veterans, Military Service Members and their dependents in CA and WA during times of significant hardship by assisting these military members with food, blankets, and other household items.
Operation Warrior Wellness www.operationwarriorwellness.org/ Information about the David Lynch Foundation and its effort to launch a simple, effortless, evidence-based transcendental meditation technique. Contact information for the CA office is available where it may be possible to find out how to take advantage of this effort.
NEW! Public Counsel www.publiccounsel.org The Center for Veterans Advancement is driven by its core principle to uphold our nation’s promise to veterans and their families. We meet our mission through stabilizing the living situation of veterans and their families, securing government benefits, and providing veterans with needed legal representation. Click on “practice areas” for veterans or call (213) 385-2977 x 301
The Pathway Home www.thepathwayhome.org. The Pathway Home is a new private treatment concept for OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD. There is specific criteria for entry to determine that it is appropriate. The web site offers information and an application for those who meet the criteria. Excellent Resource.
The Soldiers Project – www.thesoldiersproject.org. A group of licensed mental health professionals who offer FREE psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans) who have served or expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Veterans Village of San Diego – www.vvsd.net Dedicated to extending assistance to the needy and homeless veterans from all wars and their families by providing housing, food, clothing, substance abuse and mental health counseling, etc.
Wives of War – www.wivesofwar.org Wives of War recognize that the war does not end on the battlefield, but continues in the homes and lives of these affected soldiers returning home. The program provides relief to the caretakers/wives who are themselves beginning to take on trauma of their own. Both military and civilian resources are provided as well as long term emotional support