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Under Chapter 115 of the MA general laws (M.G.L.ch.115) the Commonwealth provide a program of financial and medical assistance for indigent veterans and their dependants.
Nathan Hale veterans outreach center in Plymouth and Middleboro: Offers help with, transportation to and from medical appointments, day outings, employment services, internet skill classes, food pantry, housing, counseling and much more. For more information and contact follow this link:
In recent months this agency changed it's name to the New England "Center" for homeless veterans. With that the services offered to Veterans, besides basic shelter, has increased dramatically. Those services now include job training, additional educational tools and help in reaching the goal of permanent housing and independet living for all. This is a substance-free shelter and they are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, serving our men and women veterans.
There is little permanent housing for veterans run by veterans. The Department of Veterans Services has this site with contact information for-Veteran Supported permanent housing which includes:
If you are a homeless veterans with a severe psychiatric and /or substance abuse disorder you may be eligible for the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) Program. The program provides a rental housing voucher from HUD combined with on-going case management services.
The Veteran Hospice Homestead is a nonprofit organization, supporting three facilities in central Massachusetts: The Veteran Hospice, The Hero's Homestead and The Armistice Homestead. They also have a Mobile Medical Unit that canvases the central Massachusetts and New Hampshire, providing health screenings for veterans. The Hospice Homestead is also in the developmental stages of a new project, The Veterans Victory Farm, a working farm for veterans with emotional or physical problems. This will be a place of health and healing, as are all of the Hospice homes.
The new and improved Department of Veterans' Services website: provides information on state and federal benefits, including details about where and how to apply. State benefits include public assistance for indigent veterans and tuition waivers at state colleges and universities. The resources on the site also include outreach and counseling centers, employment and training, information for women veterans and housing options. Updated website November 2011.
The Department of Veterans Services (DVS) contracts with a range of non-profit organizations, which provide housing services to eligible veterans. Housing Services range from Emergency Homeless Shelters, group residences, to Single Room Occupancy (SRO) quarters. Among the DVS providers are the only Veterans' Hospice in the nation, and a program for veterans with Head Injuries. All require that residents maintain a sober and drug-free environment. Services are available to both male and female veterans. There are currently no homeless services available to veterans with families.