Veterans Services Offered
The 9th Houston Area Stand Down for homeless veterans will be offered at October 7 at the Emancipation Park Community Center.
The event, which provides an opportunity for homeless veterans to get access to a wide array of medical and social services such as food, housing, employment, and substance abuse treatment is being hosted by several agencies. They are the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV), in cooperation with the City of Houston-Parks and Recreation Department, City of Houston-Office of Veterans Affairs, Coalition for the Homeless, Harris County Hospital District (HCHD), Harris County Veteran Services, Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, SEARCH, Task Force for Houston Area Homeless Veterans, U.S. Veterans Initiative, as well as the VA Regional Office, and Vet Centers.
The Stand Down will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Community Center of the park, at 3018 Dowling Street.
“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to a brief period of time a soldier leaves an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength. The Houston Area Stand Down will bring a wide range of specialized resources for homeless veterans to get abroad spectrum of services at one convenient location and to create a plan for re-entry into mainstream society.
Agency involvement requires staffing a booth during Stand Down to meet one-on-one with homeless Veterans to assess their needs, educate them regarding community resources available to assist them with their needs, and help them begin the corresponding application processes. Houston agencies that wish to provide immediate services and/or information to Houston area homeless Veterans should contact Michelle Jabbie at (713)791-1414, ext 5870. Those wishing to volunteer may contact Derrick Morrison at (713) 791-1414, ext. 6399.