Housing and Emergency Services
The Center operates 28 units of housing to serve chronically homeless male veterans. Last year alone we housed 107 veterans and many more are waiting in need of our housing services. These include emergency shelter through transitional, supportive and independent living, in addition to certified alcohol and substance abuse counseling when appropriate. Although veterans may reside in the program for up to 2 years, the average length of stay remain 4-5 months as residents move onward into independent living arrangements.
This program assisted veterans like...
"My name is Tony. The staff at Richards House have been extremely supportive and has gone out of their way to encourage me and keep me motivated. Today, I have a new sense of belonging in society. I have a quality relationship with the Lord, faith, hope, realistic expectations and a strong belief that anything I am willing to work for, I can achieve. " Tony D. – Navy Veteran
Tony D. is a resident of Richards House. Since participating in the Supportive Living Program he has received assistance with substance abuse, personal development, job readiness and financial planning.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans the most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans" groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.