If you are literally homeless, the VIC has the ability to help those wanting to begin their road to recovery and end the homeless cycle immediately. This is a temporary program that enables a team of dedicated staff to help assess your situation and develop a plan that includes continued housing placement and a stability plan that address those problems that led to the homeless event, and giving back while working toward self-sufficiency and independence.
Veterans must be willing to end the cycle of homelessness and work on their road to a new beginning.
Emergency Housing FAQs
We encourage family or community members to contact us about services rather than try to determine if a Veteran is eligible. You can call the numbers below to connect with a staff member who can answer questions you may have, or if you are a Veteran they can screen you for our services:
505-296-0800 or 505-265-0512
Or, click on VIC Programs to learn what services we offer and for additional information.
Yes. Our staff will help you get a DD214 replaced, and can direct you on where to go for enrollment at the VA hospital, if you’re not currently enrolled. We may be able to help verify your Veteran status to establish eligibility. You won’t be turned away for services!
Depending on which program you are enrolled in, you may not need active duty time for services to be provided. We have multiple programs that have different service requirements. Speak with one of our Outreach Specialists to see if you qualify.
Emergency Housing may be an option if you are also trying to get out of homelessness AND willing to work on the struggles that led you to it. You will need to contact the Emergency Housing program at our Central Office, if you are literally homeless or couch surfing, to be screened. Please call (505) 296-0800 and ask for the Emergency Housing program.
The only animals allowed in program are service animals (dogs), as recognized by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Veteran will need to provide proof of vaccines for the animal, or be prepared to obtain them within 30 days of enrollment. If the animal poses a threat to anyone else in the program it will not be allowed to stay. The Veteran will be required to keep the animal on a leash, under control, and with you at all times as a service animal. You will also be required to clean up after the animal.
No, we are not a shelter or feeding site. Our programs are made to help you transition out of homelessness and regain control of your life. The VIC does have a food pantry at our Central location, with posted hours. We also have periodic public events where we provide food to anyone in the community.
The VIC will accept Veterans with all types of disabilities, as long as you can still care for yourself and perform all Activities of Daily Living (ADL) including bathing and grooming, dressing and undressing, meal preparation and feeding, transferring, safe restroom use and maintaining continence. The VIC does not provide any form of medication management or skilled nursing services.