Harlan County Community Action Agency (HCCAA) recently entered into a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness for veterans only.
“The operation will offer homelessness prevention and stabilization services to veterans and their families,” said Housing Retention Specialist Jessica Hall. “These supportive services include case management, fiduciary services, temporary financial assistance and assistance in obtaining and coordinating VA (Veterans Administration) and other public benefits.”
Hall said the services are available to “very low income veteran families, veterans currently living in their home at risk of eviction, veterans currently homeless and scheduled to move into housing within 90 days and veterans that have become homeless within the past 90 days.”
“We will help veterans organize their monthly bills with their income,” said Hall. “We’ll help them set goals. We’ll sit down with the veterans and make goals and objectives, such as getting out and putting in job applications or if a veteran needs help getting their disability going. Once their goals are met, then maybe they can, hopefully, sustain they stability. We’re not going to just exit them out of the program in the same shape they came in with. However, they have to show they are motivated and trying to do better for themselves.”
Hall said emergency financial assistance is based on financial need. She said assistance will be available for rent, utilities, and/or deposits, child care and auto repair. The emergency assistance will also be available for referrals for financial counseling and legal assistance.
Hall will represent veterans in the Harlan, Bell, Knox, Whitley and McCreary county area. Services are also offered in parts of Virginia and Tennessee.
“We’re very happy to have these services for our veterans,” said HCCAA Director Donna Pace. “We have such a high percentage of veterans in Harlan County any veteran service is welcomed because there aren’t many out there.”
Hall said she is “excited” about her new position and hopes to make a great difference to the veterans in the areas she will service.
“The word is getting out and more and more veterans are taking advantage of these new services being offered,” said Hall.
To reach Hall for an appointment or questions, you may call 1-888-556-0791 or you may call the Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness toll free at 1-877-745-8387.
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