Spokane VAMC's Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Team receives "2010 Secretary's Award of Outstanding Achievement" in Service to Homeless Veterans by a VA Organization.
The Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Team at the Spokane VAMC was recently recognized by the Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration as one of the best in the Nation for their exemplary service to homeless Veterans. The Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) assists homeless Veterans from the Spokane area to obtain medical care as well as housing and other community resources. The program also organizes stand-downs in rural locations that fall within the 64,000 square mile catchment area of the Spokane VAMC. The stand-downs, which are some of the largest in the nation, provide a wide range of physical, mental health, basic living needs, and informational assistance to more than 6,000 Veterans each year. The Spokane HCHV office is located in downtown Spokane, WA, at the heart of the downtown corridor, near the train station, bus station, I-90 corridor, local shelters, the courthouse, and multiple non-profit community agencies. This central location is crucial to helping Veterans who are homeless gain quick and efficient access to healthcare and other VA and community resources.
Through the leadership of Mr. John Davis, Spokane’s HCHV Program Coordinator, the VA collaborates closely with community, state and national agencies that serve the homeless. These collaborations broaden the range of resources available to homeless Veterans and also help the HCHV Program identify Veterans who might not otherwise receive services. The HCHV Program also works closely with the substance abuse, mental health, and primary care services at VAMC Spokane to assure that homeless Veterans receive the medical and behavioral health care they need.
Through their tireless efforts in support of Homeless Veterans, the staff of Spokane’s HCHV Program have demonstrated their dedication to VA Secretary Shinseki's vision to end homelessness among our Nation's Veterans within 5 years, beginning right here at home.
The award was presented by Secretary Shinseki on Tuesday at the National Forum on Homelessness Among Veterans (held in Washington, DC).