Stand Downs Are Events Organized Help Veterans For A Few Days

1323 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 6 Pages
Stand Downs are events organized to help veterans for a few days. Jim Schultz states these Stand Downs provide veterans and their families an assortment of free services in his article “Veterans Stand Down gives helping hand to vets in need.” The first Stand Down was in San Diego, now they take place in more than 200 cities (Schultz). They last 3-4 days and provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, health screenings, and so much more according to the Homeless Veterans page in the US Department of Veteran Affairs website. This method of helping out the homeless, just like the other methods mentioned, do just that, they help, but not enough to make a lasting difference. Homeless veterans need a place from which they can stabilize and recover. And what better place to start recovering than at a place you can call home. It’s for this reason that the “housing-first strategy” has proven most effective.
Compared to all other strategies, the most effective way going about ending veteran homelessness has been through a “housing-first strategy.” This program, also known as the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), is a joint program between the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the VA. Anna Buss in the “HUD,VA Team Up to Help 2,115 Homeless Veterans in CA to Find Permanent Homes” article states that the program “combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.” This means that…

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