Since 2010, the Berakhah House has been providing emergency shelter for veterans experiencing homelessness in Sioux Falls. This program was created as a true community partnership to address the growing need to serve veterans. The Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Volunteers of America, Dakotas, and the Catholic Diocese joined together in this public/private/government partnership to serve local veterans.
The program provides services under the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans contract with the Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. The goal is to rapidly reduce homelessness among veterans using short-term intensive services designed to reduce barriers to community housing. The Sioux Falls VA homeless case managers refer individuals to the Berakhah House to provide safe, monitored, and structured housing for veterans.
The length of stay for the majority of residents is 60 days. During their stay, veterans are provided meals, supportive services, and group activities designed to overcome barriers to independent living.
Veterans Per Diem Program is a VA-funded partnership with Volunteers of America, Dakotas where eligible veterans can be housed in community-based apartments for 6-24 months. Upon completion of the program, veterans will assume the lease and this will become their permanent housing.
During their time in the program, veterans will work closely with a Volunteers of America, Dakotas case manager and a VA case manager to eliminate barriers to housing, employment, and other issues so that they can live independently. The program provides assistance with:
Volunteers of America, Dakotas - Veterans Services Center was established to provide drop-in services for veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
The facility is centrally located in the downtown area of Sioux Falls and within walking distance of other community resources. The Veterans Services Center offers the following:
Volunteers of America, Dakotas - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is funded by a grant from the Department of Labor. The program provides employment services for veterans experiencing homelessness, including veterans that are chronically experiencing homelessness, all veterans, and incarcerated and recently incarcerated veterans. Any veteran chronically experiencing homelessness not currently living in permanent housing may apply for services. Veterans should have a copy of their DD214 to verify discharge status.
HVRP provides the following services:
Volunteers of America, Dakotas’ Axis180 program provides young adults ages 16-21 the opportunity to transition out of unsafe environments into safe, supportive housing while they learn the skills necessary to succeed on their own. Specifically, the program assists participants with education completion, employment training and placement, financial management skills, daily living skills, and interpersonal skills.
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The Axis180 Program offers:
The goal of Axis180 is to assist young people experiencing homelessness in making a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Application and interview needed to determine eligibility.