Housing Help for Veterans

Find different resources for veterans looking for a home.

Housing Help for Veterans

There are a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs to help vets with housing situations:

Armed Forces Retirement Home

Help for Homeless Veterans

Homeless and at-risk veterans can get help with housing, foreclosure assistance, employment, and health care, including mental health services. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans page or call the VA's National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

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Help for the Homeless

If you are facing homelessness, these tips can help you prepare for and work through the situation.

If You’re About to Become Homeless

  • Make sure your state ID or driver’s license is current and available. Shelters and assistance programs may have strict ID requirements.

  • If possible, store your belongings. Shelters have limits on how much you may bring.

  • Arrange for your mail to be delivered somewhere or rent a P.O. box.

  • Pack a bag for yourself and each member of your family.

  • Keep important documents and needed medications with you.

To Find Housing

  1. Check to see what shelter and housing and human or social services programs your state offers. The types of facilities vary. Research the best options by calling or visiting housing websites to determine:

    • Cost - Most shelters are free, but some may charge a small fee. Most facilities that provide residential drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs charge a fee. Many, however, are low cost, accept Medicaid, or operate on a sliding scale based on your income.

    • Length of stay - This can vary from a couple of weeks to several months.

    • Types of services - Some facilities just provide safe shelter for the night, while others are transitional, providing both housing and support services. Support services may include substance abuse treatment, psychological assistance, job training, or domestic violence assistance.

  2. Apply for more permanent public or subsidized housing. There are typically waiting lists for public and subsidized housing, so apply as soon as possible.  

Special Groups

These resources are geared toward specific audiences:

Youth

Veterans

People with mental illness

Other Resources to Help

Benefits.gov can help you find out if you are eligible and how to apply for other types of assistance including financial, transportation, food, counseling, and more.

If you don’t have medical insurance, HRSA health centers can provide checkups, treatment when you are sick, care when you are pregnant, and immunizations for your children.

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Last Updated: August 22, 2017

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