Alabama Homeless Veterans Program

Homeless Veterans

Many veterans face challenges throughout their lives that may lead to home loss. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) recognizes that every homeless veteran’s story is different, including their specific needs to help them get back into permanent and stable housing. There are still many homeless veterans living in shelters, with relatives, and even on our streets, but by partnering with other organizations, we have reached the point of being able to assist newly identified homeless veterans.

VA Hotline for Homeless Veterans

VA has created a national hotline for homeless veterans 1-877-424-3838 which is staffed around the clock, seven days a week. Responders can help callers find food, shelter, clothing and other assistance for homeless veterans.

Definition of a Homeless Veteran

The United States Code contains the official federal definition of homelessness, which is commonly used because it controls federal funding streams. In Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter 1, “homeless” is defined as follows: §11302. General definition of homeless individual (a)For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” includes:
  • an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  • an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is
  • a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
  • an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized;
  • a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.”

Where to Find Help

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of homelessness, immediate help is available. For 24/7 assistance, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). For emotional crises, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.

  • For domestic violence issues, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • To find a local food bank visit www.va.alabama.gov/county_select.aspx
    • For assistance with disability and other benefits claims, contact your nearest Veterans Service Office. You can find the office closest to you by visiting www.va.alabama.gov/county_select.aspx.
    • For non-VA resources and links to various federal and community resources, visit www.va.gov/homeless/nonvaresources.asp.
      • The VA Housing Coordinator (Montgomery) can be reached at (334) 558-8543/8599/7740; (334) 318-7956; or (334) 657-5498.
        • The Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless (https://www.archconnection.org/) can be contacted at (334)273-0668/6386.
        • For emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, contact Family Endeavors www.familyendeavors.org/programs/veteran-services or by telephone at (334) 513-1855.
          • For assistance finding permanent, stable housing, contact Priority Veterans at 334-440) 8162 or (334) 303-4446.
          • For help getting HUD funding, contact the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless visit www.midalhomeless.org or by telephone at (334) 261-6182.
          • For assistance in transitioning back to civilian society, visit 3 Hots and a Cot at www.cotsforvets.org/who-we-serve by telephone at (205) 730-1852.
            • For furniture, pots and pans, etc., contact Veterans of North Alabama Services Assistance Programs, Inc., at (256) 585-3475.
            • Other homeless service organizations are listed at www.hud.gov/states/alabama/homeless/serviceorgs.
            • There are many VA benefits that may support your specific needs, so it is important you know what benefits you may be eligible for. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See all VA programs for veterans facing homelessness on the federal VA website https://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-homeless.asp, or visit your local Veterans Service Office at http://va.alabama.gov/county_select.aspx to find local resources nearest you.