This contract is the result of an open, competitive bidding process and was awarded in the fall of 2012. The services we provide include, but are not limited to, assistance in finding suitable affordable housing, navigation of the Housing Authority application and inspection process, advocating with landlords to overcome potential barriers to securing housing, and coordinating care with any other providers the specific veteran works with.
This contract is a direct result of the current movement aimed at ending homelessness in our veteran population in the coming years. Priority is given to veterans who have a long history of homelessness (chronic) and to those that struggle with barriers to housing such as a criminal record, substance abuse issues, mental illness, poor credit and/or rental histories, and low to extremely low incomes. All of our referrals must be approved, in advance, by the Veterans Administration as eligible prior to receiving this service. Journum has a long standing belief that individuals basic needs (such as a place to stay and food to eat) must be met prior to them being able to focus on higher needs, such as sobriety and medical care, which aligns perfectly with the Housing First approach that is central to the VASH model of case management.
Given our history of working with suicide prevention and mental health treatment facilities, both of which are also very pertinent topics in our veterans population, we are extremely excited about bringing our expertise to bear on the issue of homelessness in this group of men and women that sacrificed so much for our country.