The HONOR center is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) comprehensive homeless center located in Gainesville, Florida. It opened its doors for the first time on Monday and will give aid to disabled and homeless veterans in the area.
Inside the center is a 45-bed portion called “the Residence.” Inside the Residence is a separated area designated specifically for homeless women veterans. The HONOR center will offer:
- Therapy; and
- Job skills training.
Of the homeless population, approximately one-third have served in the military. Approximately 3% of the 131,000 homeless veterans are women. The HONOR center is designed to stop the homeless veteran problem from getting any worse. The creators of the center plan on providing hope and new opportunities to homeless veterans through various programs.
Veterans are able to live up to 6 months in the Residence and will have access to many amenities during their stay designed to physically and mentally recuperate those in need. During their 6 month stay, veterans will have access to:
- A library;
- Buffet-style dining;
- A workout room;
- Recreation areas; and
- Special programs focusing on occupational therapy, etc.
Veterans returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD at much higher rates than previously experienced. Untreated PTSD is one major contributing factor to veterans not properly acclimating back to civilian life. Without proper acclimation, veterans are more likely to become homeless.
The HONOR center will also aid in getting homeless veterans into any and every program they need to get back on their feet. Hopefully the HONOR center will, in the end, save lives and get deserving veterans back on their feet.
Learn more about the HONOR center and how it is helping veterans.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.