Once a contracted government employee and a well-educated man, a Navy Veteran found himself living out of his truck with his dogs in the local Wal-Mart parking lot. Not one to ask for help, he continued to reside in his truck for 1.5 years until a fellow Veteran and HUD-VASH participant took notice of him. I was contacted by the HUD-VASH Veteran and alerted of the situation. The Veteran was screened for services and local resources were contacted to help provide immediate assistance for him and his dogs while he was admitted to the HUD-VASH program and issued his housing voucher. The Veteran was able to locate housing within a week of his voucher being issued and an inspection was scheduled the following day. As soon as the inspection passed, a referral was sent to Veterans Matter for deposit assistance and the Veteran’s first month’s rent. It was approved in less than 24 hours! With the approval e-mail, the landlord allowed the Veteran to move in that same day. If it had not been for Veterans Matter, even with the help of a housing voucher, this Veteran would not have been able to go from sleeping in his truck with his dogs to living in an apartment in under 30 days. The Veteran told me that he was “the one that always fell through the cracks” and now he is able to sleep in a warm home that he can call a place of his own.
— VA Caseworker, Texas