United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

CTVHCS Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program

The VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program is designed to end involuntary homelessness among Veterans through outreach efforts and linkages to both VA and community resources. Immediate assistance is offered and the underlying problems that led to homelessness is addressed. HCHV provides continuity of care for homeless Veterans through outreach, treatment, case management, and referrals for medical and mental health treatment.

Services include assessment of needs, client-centered treatment planning, case management, and referral to a wide variety of VA and community-based programs. The following specialized programs and services are available within the Health Care for Homeless (HCHV) continuum of care:

  • Outreach to homeless Veterans in the streets, shelters, and encampments
  • Help in getting medical and mental health treatment
  • Help with finding food, clothing, shelter, clothing, and transportation
  • Eligibility assessment
  • Assistance with obtaining DD214
  • Help in filing disability claims (VA, Social Security, SSI)
  • Referral to the Temple VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP). The DRRTP programs consists of Substance Treatment Employment Program (STEP) and the Rehabilitation Reintegration Treatment Program (RRTP) and the Women's Trauma Recovery Center(WTRC).
  • Referral for transitional housing, VA Supportive housing, or affordable housing
  • Help in finding employment
  • Ongoing case management to help homeless Veterans achieve their goals

The CTVHCS HCHV staff actively participate in the following homeless stand downs:

  • Austin'sĀ Annual Homeless Stand Down
  • Waco Homeless Connect

For more information, please contact:
Paula Wood, LCSW
Coordinator, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program
1-800-423-2111, ext. 41253