Veterans Services

Who qualifies for this service?

… To qualify for these YWCA services, we look for individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Homeless, at-risk and veterans in need and their families qualify for these services

Counties Served

We serve several counties across South Central PA. Call our Veterans’ Services team at 717.234.7931 to learn more.

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is one of the largest Veterans’ service providers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Veterans Services Department is dedicated to fulfilling the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by providing timely, critical services to veterans and their families in need regardless of ethnicity, gender or pre-existing barriers to success. Our dedicated team is here to serve those who served. To learn more about our veterans’ programs, call 717.234.7931

Dedicated Veterans Employment Specialists provide a full-range of employment readiness services to eligible homeless veterans seeking employment and self-sufficiency. Services include:

• Job Search Assistance
• Career Planning
• Employment Plan Development
• Resume Development and Updating
• Interview Skills Training
• Assistance with Work Clothing
• Transportation
• Referral assistance to to help obtain other benefits and services

Veterans Employment Specialists also provide job development, job coaching and retention services to eligible veterans regardless of barriers. This includes ordering Veterans DD 214 forms, coordination with housing providers, site coordination at area CareerLinks and other services.

To contact a Veterans Employment Specialist, call 717-234-7931, ext 3124

The SSVF program promotes housing stability among very low-income veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. The YWCA Supportive Services team members provide outreach service, case management services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public and mainstream benefits.

Supportive Service Case Managers provide intensive case management services to assist eligible low-income veteran families to prevent homelessness or to rapidly obtain stable, permanent housing. Services include assistance in overcoming barriers to permanent housing and development of supportive services to assist in long-term housing stability. In addition, temporary financial assistance may also be available for eligible veterans families.

To learn more about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, call 717.234.7931, ext. 3078

Current programs include transitional housing for eligible homeless single male veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs, a grant and per diem program, and permanent supportive housing for disabled, chronically homeless veterans funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Dauphin County Continuum of Care through the YWCA Greater Harrisburg Veterans Housing Program. Areas of service and eligibility for these programs vary and are based on established criteria and current occupancy levels.

Veterans Housing Case Managers provide case management, goal planning, transportation, referral and other supportive services to enrolled, eligible homeless veterans. Individual goal plans are tailored to meet the homeless veteran’s unique needs and goals. Plans may include development of employment or other sources of income, housing stability, transition to permanent housing, educational goals and/or overcoming barriers to success.

To learn more about YWCA Veterans Housing programs, contact a Veterans Housing Case Manager at 717-234-7931, ext. 3078

This multi-day event brings together numerous federal, state and local agencies, along with hundreds of volunteers, to provide all homeless and at-risk veterans with wraparound services. Transportation to and from the event is provided for homeless veterans throughout much of South Central Pennsylvania.

Typical services provided at the Stand Down include:

• VA medical services
• Combat veterans services including the VET Center
• PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs referral services
• Rapid re-housing
• Employment assistance
• Legal assistance
• Dental Care
• Advocacy Services
• Recovery Services
• Mental health services
• Benefits counseling
• Connection with military service organizations
• Overnight shelter and other critical supplies

This event usually takes place in the Spring. Please watch this space for future event dates and times.

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