MISSION STATEMENT The United Veterans Beacon House provides transitional, safe housing for homeless veterans as they reintegrate into the society they willingly protected through their military service. United Veterans Beacon House makes a difference through advocacy, education, retraining and employment. OVERVIEW The homeless veteran problem in the United States is becoming more and more prevalent due to an increasing national socio-economic crisis, a combined draw-down in our nations uniformed services, the “dumping” of psychiatric patients onto our nations streets as well as a host of other associated reasons. The Veterans of Vietnam War, Inc. and The Veterans Coalition in response to the homeless veteran problem, is operating comprehensive projects designed to assist the homeless veteran. This project has been designated by the VVnW and The Veterans Coalition as the United Veterans Beacon House Project (UVBH). The United Veterans Beacon Houses are designed to offer a safe drug/alcohol-free haven, direct the veteran to a multitude of support agencies offering assistance, and provide the veteran with decent shelter while the veteran rebuilds his/her life. The concept of the UVBH is to provide housing for the veteran to allow the veteran to restructure and rebuild his/her life. The veteran is allowed to stay in a UVBH for a period of six months to two years, a VA requirement. Studies have shown that with this length of stay, the veteran has the ability to begin a new working career, change jobs as upward mobility dictates and amass the financial resources to become self-sufficient. During the veteran’s stay at a UVBH, a full range of services are provided including drug and alcohol counseling, PTSD counseling, other psychological and family counseling, life skills training, full employment counseling and a wide range of medical services. Each UVBH networks with existing community services and the Department of Veterans Affairs resources to insure against a duplication of services. Currently, the VVnW & The Veterans Coalition have United Veterans Beacon Houses in Akron, Pennsylvania; Hungtinton, West Virginia; 11 sites in New York; Shreveport, Louisiana; Norfolk, Virginia; Orlando, Florida; Waco, Texas and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Proposed future sites include New Mexico, Kansas, and Montana. The United Veterans Beacon House project also operates food pantries for veterans and their families in need. CONCEPTS AND REQUIREMENTS Each UVBH will provide the veteran safe, drug and alcohol free housing for a period of not less than six months nor more than two years. The veteran must take an active part in his/her rehabilitation by participating in appropriate social services including appropriate psychological counseling, employment counseling, family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling and any other counseling assigned by his/her counselor. The veteran will participate in the upkeep and maintenance of the physical building as well as the continued care of his/her personal property and area.