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Housing Programs

Contact Information for Homeless Resources


Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Emergency Housing

This program provides short-term (maximum 90 days) emergency housing for Veterans who are homeless and in need of temporary housing while they work toward independence and find permanent housing and stable employment. In the Tyler and Canton area, this temporary housing is located in residential communities, and owned and operated by the Andrews Center. In Dallas, it is located at the Union Gospel Mission.

Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Contract Residential

This VA-funded program is based out of the Dallas Salvation Army and provides short term (60-180 days) transitional housing and treatment for Veterans who are homeless with severe and persistent mental illness or a substance abuse diagnosis with multiple episodes of prior treatment. The objective is to transition into independent or permanent supportive housing, or admission for substance abuse treatment.

Dallas Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans

This program, located at Dallas VAMC, Bldg. 1, 4th floor, includes comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation program for Veterans who are homeless and who wish to improve their lives. Lasting 4-5 months, it helps Veterans gain skills and knowledge needed to become independent and self-supportive, and provides job search and re-employment support as needed.

Grant & Per Diem Program (GPD)

This VA-funded program is based out of the Salvation Army and the Union Gospel Mission in Dallas and the Presbyterian Night Shelter and Tarrant County MHMR in Fort Worth. It provides transitional housing for Veterans who are homeless with the goals of achieving greater self-determination, developing residential stability, and increasing income potential.

Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) - Transitional Residences (TR)

This program includes 4 houses in Dallas and 1 in Bonham, all owned by VA, where Veterans participating in the TSES Program pay a monthly program fee. These large, well-kept, comfortable homes are near bus lines and major shopping centers and include private or semi-private bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, laundry, and yard. Veterans living in these homes receive care management and support, and are one step closer to independent, successful, community living.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

This joint partnership between VA and HUD is operated through the Dallas Housing Authority, Tarrant County (Fort Worth) Housing Authority, Texoma Council of Government (Sherman), and Athens Housing Authority (Athens and Tyler). HUD-VASH combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for Veterans experiencing homelessness with care management and clinical services provided by VA.  VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics.

This is a voucher program in which Veterans may choose an apartment or home in the community that will accept the voucher for rental assistance. Veterans must pay a portion of the rent based on their income and must participate in care management.

Community Partners

The Housing Crisis Center provides 70 housing units to Veterans experiencing homelessness and their families in conjunction with on-site care management services. Veterans must meet HUD’s criteria of chronic homelessness to be eligible.

The Efficiency Apartment Supported Housing Program is a partnership between Dallas Metro Care, Dallas Urban League, and VA which provides 27 apartment units and care management services to Veterans experiencing homelessness who meet HUD’s criteria for chronic homelessness.

The Continuum of Care Housing Program (COCH) Program - formerly Shelter Plus Care - provides rental assistance from the City of Fort Worth Housing Authority and is designed to provide long-term care management and housing to Veterans with substance use and/or mental illness disorders. Care management under this program is provided by the Fort Worth Homeless Veterans Program for those Veterans referred by this program.