The veteran homeless population is comprised of veterans who have served in several different conflicts ranging from World War II to recent engagements overseas. Though research indicates that veterans who served in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at the greatest risk of homelessness, veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq often have severe disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that are known to be correlated with homelessness.
While the City will continue to assist in connecting homeless veterans to resources, the following is a list of vetted resources available to homeless veterans who were honorably discharged:
- Veteran's First - Veteran's First provides services exclusively to our region's homeless and at-risk veterans. They provide a diverse range of services including housing, access to benefit counseling and job training and employment assistance. You can contact them at www.veteransfirstoc.org.
- OC Veterans Service Office - The OC Veterans Service Office offers veterans a variety of services, including benefits counseling, and referral assistance to veterans, their departments and survivors. Please call (714) 480-6555, or e-mail OCVSO@occr.ocgov.com.
- Long Beach Community Resources and Referral Center - The VA Long Beach Community Resource is located at 888 Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 150, Santa Ana, and can be reached at (714) 543-5403. The location serves as a one-stop center for veterans needing to access services through the Long Beach VA Center.
Veterans may also contact the 2-1-1 nation help registry by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone, or visiting www.211.org.