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New England Center for Homeless Veterans

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THE STORY:

Now in its third decade of service, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) is a service and care provider dedicated to assisting Veterans who are facing or at-risk of homelessness. The Center offers a broad array of programs and services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.

The NECHV was founded in 1989 by Vietnam Veterans who saw the plight of their fellow former service members on the streets and the need for an organization that could meet their immediate and their emerging needs. The Center began its existence modestly: the first meal served was a cheese sandwich. During the ensuing 24 years, we have grown by an order of magnitude, and have transformed into a full-service agency for at-risk and homeless Veterans. Every year, the Center provides 150,000 meals per year, emergency housing for over 300 Veterans per night, permanent housing for over 300 residents and job placement for 200 Veterans.

All of our programs and services are offered from our ten-floor downtown Boston facility, which contains our Veterans Training School, an on-site educational facility; a Clinical Services department, providing mental health care for issues like substance abuse disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; a Transitional Housing department which has helped thousands realize independent living as well as offering 59 Single Room Occupancy apartments here at our facility in downtown Boston. The first and largest organization of our kind in the country, we welcomed 1,000 Veterans last year alone.

Our long-term goal is the successful reintegration of homeless Veterans into the community by providing a wide array of programs and services. One of our short-term objectives is meeting the needs of the nearly 500 Post-9/11 Veterans that have come to us seeking help. Many served in combat operations in Iraq or Afghanistan, and quite a few served in both theaters of operation for multiple tours of duty.

Our approach to the tragedy of homelessness amongst Veterans is to provide supportive and stabilizing services, identify the root cause of what made the Veteran homeless in the first place and then offer a variety of services designed to promote independent living.

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