Officials Poised To Declare Success In Ending Veteran Homelessness

We're close to declaring an END to Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia!

Charles Bouges shares his story of homelessness. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Charles Bouges shares his story of homelessness. (credit: Pat Loeb)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Former Army ranger Charles Bouges has an all-too-common story.

“I had a mishap, lost my job, lost my wife, went through depression, just kind of gave up and didn’t have a place to stay,” he says.

Bouges found himself on the street, contributing to the grim statistics on veteran homelessness.

Now, he is a symbol of success for a collaborative effort to end veteran homelessness. City, federal and non-profit officials say they are closing in on their goal and expect that by November 11th, this year, they will reach what they call “functional zero” for the number of veterans living on the street– a measure that takes into account that some veterans may drift into homelessness but the effort will insure they will be quickly moved into permanent housing..."

Check out the full article by Pat Loeb on CBS Philly:


FEB Drive Gives the Comforts of Home

Check out the VMC featured in the latest issue of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development HUDLine News...
DSCF3532Richard Ott, Deputy Regional Administrator
(215) 656-0600,
Associate Editor: Niki Edwards


FEB Drive Gives the Comforts of Home


Last month, HUD’s Philadelphia Regional Office supported the Federal Executive Board’s Homeless to Housed Drive, filling its conference room with employee donations for three Philadelphia nonprofit organizations. Household items, ranging from comforters to towels, were collected for veterans and other individuals experiencing homelessness. “The donated goods will be used to create welcome baskets to help these people get started and encourage them to stay in their new home,” said Federal Executive Board Executive Director Lisa Makosewski in her memo to federal agencies, requesting support for the drive. “The needed items are things that many of us take for granted, but for someone who is moving into a home with nothing to bring from their previous address, the basics can turn a house into a home.” The FEB’s primary mission involves the coordination and support of intergovernmental and community activities in the Delaware Valley, bridging the gap of communication and collaboration for more than 170 federal entities. This is the second year it has sponsored the drive.ayers (2)


Donations were given to the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC), Pathways to Housing PA and The Dreuding Center. Since 1980, the VMC has been serving those who have served. According to VMC Director of Development Debby Derricks, HUD’s donations will help 75 veterans and families make their houses into homes. She said over the last year the nonprofit has been busy fulfilling its mission. “We have provided housing for over 500 veterans and their families, placed 300 veterans in jobs and served approximately 175,000 meals.” said Derricks. A recipient of their assistance is Navy veteran Albert Ayers, who signed a lease for an apartment in April. Upon moving into his new home, he was presented with a welcome basket. Now, his goal is to find employment to increase his income and stabilize his housing. Above left, Warren Davis with the Veterans Multi-Service Center picks up HUD’s donations from Ben Houck and Joe Nicodemo. At right, Navy veteran Albert Ayers poses for a photo in his new home.

Mayor Announces End to Veteran Homelessness

Philly, we're on to something BIG....
We're ENDING Veteran Homelessness.
Are YOU #ReadyForZero?!

Mark your calendars! Thanks to an unprecedented, collaborative effort of federal, local, and non-profit partners, yesterday the Mayor announced that we expect to END Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia by THIS Veterans Day - November, 11th, 2015.
PhillyVetsHome2015, a collaboration of federal, local, and non-profit partners gathered to plan the homestretch efforts to END Veteran Homelessness in the City of Philadelphia. 
VMC's own Delvin Brinson, a formerly homeless veteran who is now employed by the VMC, shared his story of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal success with the support our programs.
Currently Delvin is a "Peer Navigator" and does outreach to homeless vets on the streets of Philadelphia.
It was a HUGE day for us at the VMC, but we still have a long road ahead to reach our goal! On behalf of our Veterans, we thank YOU for your continued support!
-The VMC
P.S. Want to see more from our HOMEStretch Meeting? Check out the PhillyVetsHome Recap.
P.S.S. Interested in supporting our efforts on a sunny Sunday morning? Here's how YOU can help...

PIT Count Proves Progress on Path to End Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia

PIT Count Proves Progress on Path to End Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia


Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2015 – PhillyVetsHome, a collaborative venture of government agencies and non-profit organizations has made tremendous headway towards ending Veteran homelessness in Philadelphia.


According to the 2015 Point-In-Time (PIT) count released this month by the Office of Supportive Housing, the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia continues to decrease. 


Since 2013, the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness of any kind decreased by 23%; the number of unsheltered Veterans experiencing street homelessness decreased by 86%; and over 900 Veterans have moved into housing.

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PhillyVetsHome partners attribute the incredible progress of the past year to unprecedented collaboration of government and nonprofit agencies and believe this success suggests a model for other pressing issues facing the City of Philadelphia.


Last month, the PhillyVetsHome along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced an ambitious end date to Veteran homelessness in the city: Veterans Day 2015. After November 11th, 2015, if homelessness should occur in a Veteran’s life, it will be rare, brief and non-reoccurring.


Philadelphia is one of 25 Cities identified by the Department of Veteran Affairs, with exceptionally high concentrations of homeless Veterans and selected to intensify and integrate local efforts to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.  This is a joint effort by VA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and local community partners to find permanent housing solutions for Veterans experiencing homelessness. Of the 25 Cities participating in this initiative, only one city has reached the goal to date.

With the recent release of the PIT Count, PhillyVetsHome believes Philadelphia could be next.


Note: The Veterans Multi-Service Center is a Key Non-Profit Partner in the PhillyVetsHome Collaboration.


Major Funding Announcement to End Veteran Homelessness in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Major Funding Announcement to End Veteran Homelessness in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties


On Monday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent joined VMC Deputy Executive Director Maura Gillen, Chester County Housing Authority Executive Director Dale Gravett, Delaware County Housing Authority Executive Director Lawrence Hartley and Montgomery County Housing Authority Executive Director Joel Johnson at VMC’s Operating Base Cecelia in Coatesville, PA for a major funding announcement of $530,226 in rental assistance.


This increased funding is part of an ongoing effort to end veteran homelessness. 


Funding Announcement

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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