Veterans

 In 2012 Benilde Hall served 186 homeless veterans with housing,

mental health treatment, substance abuse  treatment,

jobs program, health education, food, clothing, case

management, and an opportunity to reconnect to  the

community.

Godfrey S. Kobets
enilde Hall
3220 East 23rd Street   Kansas City, MO 64127   816-842-5836 Call United Way’s Info & Referral Line - Dial 211

Transitional Housing

A Theraputic Community

Treating Addiction, Mental Illness & Homelessness

Veterans

I magine   coming   back   from   a   war   as   a   United   States   Veteran   and   not   being   able   to afford   a   home!      With   the   end   of   the   war   in   Iraq   and   the   involvement   in   Afghanistan winding   down,   the   United   States   can   expect   to   see   about   100,000   veterans   return home.   Many   will   need   help   and   support   from   safety   net   programs   or   job   training   to transition to civilian life, but that help isn’t guaranteed to be there. Veterans are disproportionately homeless Nearly one in seven homeless adults are veterans, as of December 2011. More than 67,000 homeless veterans were counted on a given January night in America last year. More than 4 in 10 homeless veterans were found unsheltered. 1.5 million Veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Many veterans have trouble finding good jobs 30.2 percent of veterans ages 18 to 24 were unemployed according to unpublished 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics data.. According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a 2007 survey more than half of all veterans were unsure of how to professionally network, and nearly three in four felt unprepared to negotiate salary and benefits and/or unable to effectively translate military skills. More than 968,000 of veterans ages 18 to 64 had been in poverty in the past year in 2010.
Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are: Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan) Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life| Benilde Hall provides treatment for homeless veterans.  The emergency beds at Benilde Hall provide for Veterans whom the KCVA cannot place and need a safe haven off the street for the night.  For many years the homeless Veteran population of Benilde Hall has been primarily Viet Nam era Veterans.  In the coming years we will see more and more of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans coming into the program.
Benilde Hall is proud to announce our participation and administration of the new Safe Haven project.   Safe Haven veterans’ housing offers a low-stress, low demand environment for homeless veterans of U.S. military service. Centrally located in Kansas City, Safe Haven can often provide immediate housing for women and men who qualify for VA housing referrals. There are no wait lists at Safe Haven.