Housing for Veterans
Are You Looking For A Stable, Safe Home For A Veteran?
As they return from their military service, veterans may feel like they are coming back to a life they do not remember. If they suffered an injury during their service or their families have notably changed since they left, they may now feel estranged and confused by what to do next. Veterans may also struggle to reintegrate into the civilian workforce and feel unsure about how to thoughtfully communicate at work or motivate themselves in their new civilian positions. If they experienced trauma in the military, it’s possible they are overwhelmed with painful memories, flashbacks and nightmares related to their experience. Lingering physical and emotional pain may cause them to turn to drugs or alcohol for temporary relief. If veterans end up unemployed, struggling with a debilitating addiction and/or facing legal trouble, they may quickly find themselves living on the street
Once veterans become homeless, each day may feel like an endless cycle of hardship. They may try to reach out to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or other community resources for help, but run into a wall when they are faced with long wait times or mountains of paperwork. Without reliable transportation or an address, it may also be very difficult for homeless veterans to apply for VA services or find work. Veterans with substance abuse problem may try to break their addiction, but without a safe home to return to, they can easily fall back into a negative cycle of use. Veterans may also attempt to seek help for trauma-related emotions, such as fears and anxiety tied to their experience in the military, only to find that an unstable living environment can halt any progress made during their sessions. Issues like sleepless nights, violence on the streets and easier access to drugs may also harm a veteran’s ability to recover from trauma. At the end of the day, homeless veterans may feel powerless to initiate any positive change in their lives.
Homelessness Among Veterans Is Very Common
The VA and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans have studied the extent of homelessness among U.S. veterans. Nationwide, about 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Eleven percent of homeless people are also military veterans, of whom 10-13 percent are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Studies have also found that as many as half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam War era. And, the VA estimates that 1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness.
The good news is that the Bodhi Battalion is dedicated to finding reliable housing for veterans and fostering an all-encompassing, positive environment for them to develop important life skills, gain independence and look forward to a rewarding future.
Take A Look At Our Housing For Veterans Options
The first step in a veteran’s journey toward a calm, joyful and connected life is ensuring he or she has access to stable and affordable housing. The Bodhi Battalion emphasizes our Housing First initiative because, without a home, veterans often get stuck in negative cycles of drug use, alcoholism and emotional pain.
We offer a variety of housing options depending on each individual veteran’s need and the Bodhi Battalion’s resources.
The Hanover Project
In 2015, the Bodhi Battalion acquired operational control over The Hanover Project, a 12-unit apartment complex in Aurora, CO. The complex is located 1.3 miles from a local VA center, which provides our veterans with convenient access to VA services. The multiple-unit building also allows veterans to live in a healthy environment with other veterans who often share similar experiences and hardships. Cohabitating, socializing and working with other veterans can help them feel safe and heard by their peers – an important step as they heal and find motivation.
We will typically start our veterans on a one-year lease, though we are flexible depending on each person’s unique situation. Once veterans gain the independence to live on their own, we can assist them with finding subsidized housing.
Affordable Housing For Veterans And VA Case Management
If all of our units are occupied, or veterans wish to live on their own somewhere else, we can assist them with getting VA-HUD vouchers for rental payments. Navigating VA case management can often be difficult for veterans to do on their own, especially if they are homeless. No matter whether a veteran has bad credit or a criminal history, we will work to help him or her receive deserved benefits, make rental deposits and find an affordable place to live.
The current housing market in Colorado has created an environment where many landlords will not accept VA housing vouchers for rental payments, often leading veterans to live in dangerous settings. The Bodhi Battalion works with potential landlords in our community, encouraging them to accept veterans into rental properties with safe environments for healing and building a new life.
Additional Housing Assistance For Veterans
If we cannot fulfill a veteran’s housing needs due to external factors, the Bodhi Battalion may also work hand-in-hand with other local nonprofits to help him or her find shelter. We also work with other nonprofits to help educate the public on the prevalence of homelessness among veterans as well as strategically collaborate to find compassionate solutions to homelessness in our communities.
In addition to finding housing for homeless veterans, the Bodhi Battalion also provides security deposit payments, furniture, household goods and supplies to our veterans in need.
If you are a homeless veteran, you may have some concerns about veteran housing…
I don’t want the added responsibility of renting an apartment.
Even though renting an apartment through the Bodhi Battalion or getting the assistance you need through the VA does come with more responsibilities, it is a key starting point toward living a healthier and more joyful life. We aim to make the process as easy as possible for you by acting as an all-encompassing aid for all of your needs. You may have a difficult journey before you feel confident and empowered, but no matter the challenges you face, we will be there with you every step of the way.
What if the other veterans I live with face more difficult issues?
Veterans come to us from many different walks of life, bearing unique burdens. It’s possible that one or more of the veterans you may live with could face stronger addictions or experience more emotional turmoil. However, we screen our prospective tenants in order to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for everyone. We believe that cohabitating with fellow veterans can offer you the opportunity to socialize and bond with individuals who share some similar experiences. While finding stable housing may have different meanings for different veterans, it is an important first step for everyone.
I’m afraid I will revert to my bad habits once I am housed.
Not only does the Bodhi Battalion provide housing for veterans in need, but we also can work with you to find relief from substance abuse. Our experienced staff members can provide you with substance abuse treatment, PTSD treatment and wellness coaching so you can start forming new, more positive habits and confidently move forward in life.
Take The First Step Toward Rebuilding Your Life
If you are interested in learning more about the Bodhi Battalion’s housing options, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our units or how we can assist in finding affordable housing.