The Veteran Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) provides temporary housing, training, and supportive services to military veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in order to help them obtain permanent housing. The VHRP is designed to help homeless veterans receive the job training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services needed to obtain steady employment, affordable housing and skills to sustain a productive lifestyle.
The Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs has operated the VHRP program since 1994 and has locations in Chippewa Falls, Green Bay, and Union Grove. Lutheran Social Services is the contracted program provider. The program uses a Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) and Resident Handbook to direct policies, procedures and guidelines. The safety, health, and wellbeing of veterans who participate in the VHRP and reside in the program’s transitional housing remains a top priority. To prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 at these locations, WDVA has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 prevention strategy.
The program partners with federal, state and local governments, county veterans service offices, and local stakeholders. This outreach and referral network provides needed supportive services. VHRP collaborates with the WDVA Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) for VORP to assist in their outreach efforts as well as assisting veterans to enter, and discharge from, the VHRP.
Who Does VHRP Serve?
The program serves any male or female veteran of the active U.S. Armed Forces regardless of length of service. The USDVA assists in final determination of eligibility. VHRP is not able to accept a veteran who has a dishonorable discharge.
While spouses and children are not eligible for this program, our staff will assist a veteran's family in trying to obtain adequate housing.
What Services are Provided
VHRP offers secure and safe housing to veterans while they receive training and services to become stably housed. VHRP staff will work with residents on:
- Permanent Housing
- Employment Assistance
- Education & Job Training
- Healthcare & Mental Health Services
- Substance Abuse Recovery Support
Veterans may stay at a VHRP for up to 24 months, however many complete the program in 6 to 10 months. The number one goal of the program is to assist you in securing safe and stable housing, as supportive service can be received once housed.
What Can Veterans Expect?
- Program staff are highly trained professionals who are dedicated to serving veterans and providing ongoing support.
- VHRP offers many amenities to assist in daily living such as a meal plan, activity room, laundry, recreational activities, access to computers, and assistance with transportation.
- Veterans enrolled in VHRP build a sense of community and restore pride and confidence by working together to maintain the common living areas they reside in and volunteering their time in the local community.
- Residents are encouraged to earn and save money while in the program in order to obtain permanent housing after graduation.