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Veterans and Families Transitional Housing wing opens at Louisville Family Housing Services

Volunteers of America opened a new transitional housing wing that will help house Louisville’s homeless veterans and their families on June 15. Made possible through generous grant awards from the Home Depot Foundation and the UPS Foundation, the new transitional housing program is located within our Louisville Family Housing Services and is a part of a continuum of services provided to families overcoming the challenges of homelessness. The new veterans and families wing includes four fully renovated family units, a shared community space and kitchen, and a family-friendly bathroom.

Volunteers of America’s Louisville Family Housing Services and new Transitional Housing for Veterans and Families uniquely serves the entire family, offering comprehensive case management, nutrition education, increased access to health care, and referrals for specialized services. Parents receive housing counseling and assistance, PNC Bank Financial Empowerment classes, and life skills training while children benefit from tutoring, developmental assessments, and enrichment activities.

After 20 years of providing veterans services and with this new Veterans and Families Transitional Housing program, Volunteers of America has become the only veterans’ transitional housing provider that additionally provides mental health services, substance abuse treatment, life skills training, and other services for veterans and their spouses, partners, and dependents.

The need for increased supportive services for veterans is critical—tens of thousands of veterans have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan to face unemployment, a difficult job market, rising health care costs, combat-related health problems, and other financial challenges that threaten veteran families’ well-being and self-sufficiency.

“At Volunteers of America, we consider it our honor and privilege to serve those who have so bravely served our country,” said Jennifer Hancock, Volunteers of America’s President & CEO. “By offering culturally sensitive and targeted services to veterans we will assist our community in being the compassionate city we count on for all the men and women who have served and who need assistance to return to self-sufficiency. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I am especially proud of this part of our mission and know we are creating positive change in the lives of so many.”