The mission of VTC is “to empower Veterans to transition from crisis to self-sufficiency.” Since 1996, this 501c3 non-profit has operated on the old Ft Ord complex to provide homeless Veterans and their families with food, clothing, case management, life skills, substance abuse counseling, benefit enrollment, medical referrals, employment training, and housing.
Under the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) guideline of “Housing First,” VTC operates multiple housing programs through three federal agencies. Currently, VTC has the following programs on-site:
Emergency Housing. Gets Veterans off the streets and keeps them for up to sixty days. One duplex with ten beds funded through the VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV). The average bed days over the past year is 249 per month. Housing
Transitional Housing. This allows Veterans and family members to stay for up to two years. This VA Grant Per Diem contract began in 2003 and was expanded in 2007, now totaling fifty-eight beds. There are three VA specific programs as part of this housing program: Bridge, Clinical, and Service Intensive. The average number of bed days for the past year is 274, 384, and 966 per month. VTC has had an occupancy rate of 89 – 97% at any time in the past year.
Permanent Supportive Housing. No end date to the lease. Currently, there are twelve single room occupancy beds in this program. Residents pay through Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Assistance for Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program, or, if over income, with a very low percentage of income as required by the local housing authority.
In the past two years, VTC has doubled capacity for housing Veterans. In the next two years, VTC will double again. In 2019 alone, VTC will spend over $2.5M in capital funds received from city, county, and state government sources, as well as corporate grants and local donors. In 2020, VTC will break ground on a new 71-unit Permanent Housing complex for low and extremely low-income Veterans. Through measured growth and increased outreach, VTC seeks to end Veteran homelessness in Monterey County. This is possible in the next two years, as VTC will champion the drive to “Functional Zero” to make certain no Veteran is left behind.