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Immediate assistance available for Veterans experiencing homelessness during historic heat wave

July 8 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation grapples with record setting heat waves, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds Veterans and communties of various resources available to Veterans experiencing homelessness during the extreme heat.

Resources such as Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRCs) provide community-based, multiagency services in a single location offered in more than 30 cities nationwide that streamlines access to housing, physical and mental health care, career development and VA and non-VA benefits for Veterans. Every VA medical center offers a range of housing solutions and wraparound supportive services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

VA's Grant and Per Diem (GPD), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) are three transitional and permanent housing programs that offer immediate aid to Veterans facing housing crises during extreme weather.

"During the historic heat wave, Veterans experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, sunstroke, and other serious health problems, especially if they remain unsheltered," said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. "VA is closely monitoring the situation in the Pacific Northwest and other commuities expericing historic high temperatures and we remain committed to making sure Veterans at risk of homeless receive the immediate help they need."

If you are or know a Veteran without stable housing during extreme heat or any other time, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for immediate assistance.

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