Atlanta VA Health Care System
VA partners with community to end homelessness
Atlanta VA partners with community to end homelessness among Veterans
Paul Posey approaches his job as an Atlanta VA Medical Center Housing specialist with the same passion and purpose that led to his selection as Marine Corps Recruiter of the Year in 2003.
“I have been fortunate to work in every aspect of the Corps,” said Posey who retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. “I take my new role of helping homeless Veterans with the same emotional conviction that I had when taking care of Marines.”
Posey says when Veterans return to civilian life, they sometimes find themselves fighting different kinds of battles — finding health care, securing a job or putting a roof over their heads. The Gary, Indiana, native describes how the Atlanta VA Homeless Veterans Program provides a wide array of services to help those who have sacrificed so much to serve their country.
“Our entire staff strives to intervene as soon as possible with at-risk Veterans and their families by providing comprehensive, coordinated access to health care, housing, employment, education, job counseling, training, justice system assistance, and benefits,” Posey explained.
Ms. April Edwards, clinical director for Atlanta VA’s Homeless Veterans Program, says her office works with 1,465 public housing authorities to provide permanent housing to homeless Veterans and their families under a partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Our program continues to expand and work towards VA’s goal of ending homelessness among Veterans by 2015 by strengthening
and building relationships with community partners and landlords who provide unmeasurable support toward this goal.”
Posey notes how those partnerships, especially with local Department of Labor and Department of Housing and Urban Development representatives have helped marshaled considerable expertise and resources to help Veterans leave the road to homelessness.
“The Atlanta VA and all our community partners are committed to make a positive difference in the lives of our homeless Veterans,” said Posey. “We have implemented a strategy, based on prevention and rescue that we believe moves us closer to our goal of eliminating homelessness among Veterans by 2015.”
A positive attitude and caring for his Marines served Posey well during his 23 year military career. He hopes it will do the same for his fellow Veterans. “We are committed to ending Veteran homelessness in Atlanta,” said Posey.
For more information about VA’s homeless programs, click on www.va.gov/homeless