Another option for some military retirees and other veterans is the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH). The AFRH has two locations: Washington, DC, and Gulfport, MI. Both offer recreation and wellness services including assisted living and skilled care. Contact AFRH to learn more.
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).
Adapted Housing Grants for Veterans with Disabilities
Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities and disabilities resulting from aging can apply for special housing grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
If you have a severe, service-connected disability, you may qualify for a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant to build an adapted home or install ramps, widen doors, or make other modifications to live more independently.
If you qualify for an SAH or SHA grant but are living temporarily in a family member’s home, you may be able to get a Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant to make necessary changes to your relative’s home.
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.