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The 2010 Homeless Stand Down was held September 18, 2010 at the National Guard Armory in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The Stand Down is an annual event designed with the Homeless Veteran in mind.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The 2010 Homeless Stand Down was held September 18, 2010 at the National Guard Armory in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The Stand Down is an annual event designed with the Homeless Veteran in mind. It consisted of many Miami VA Healthcare System Providers and Community Agencies all located in one location in an attempt to assist Homeless Veterans with a variety of services. We assisted 204 Homeless Veterans with a variety of services and the Miami VA Healthcare for the Homeless process 34 new Homeless Veterans into their system. The Miami Veterans Outreach Program Team enrolled 10 new Veterans into the VA Healthcare system and assisted 7 Non-Veterans.

We at Miami VA Healthcare System just want to thank all community and VA participants for contributing to a successful 2010 Homeless Stand Down. We have to thank the National Guard Armory, whose personnel went out of their way to make things work for us. Their space, bathrooms and air conditioning were much appreciated. Without all of their assistance and effort it would not have gone as smoothly as it did. We appreciate not only their involvement in the Stand Down but their continued commitment to serving our homeless Veterans.

Some of the VA Medical Services provided were:

  • Medical and Dental screenings
  • Social Work
  • Housing & Urban Development-VA Supported Housing
  • Grant & Per Diem
  • Mental Health
  • Vocational Rehab
  • Compensated Work Therapy
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic

NON VA AGENCY SERVICES

  • Haircuts
  • Showers
  • Shelter
  • Food distribution
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene kits
  • Benefits Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego.  Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans, reaching more than 200,000 Veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.

For More information on future Stand Downs please visit http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/StandDown.asp

For More information on how you can help our Homeless Veterans please visit http://www1.va.gov/homeless/