AHI offers 78 transitional housing units and 20 rooms for permanent residents. Fifteen of our units are dedicated to female veterans.
Each of AHI’s veterans is assigned to a social worker. This individual’s role is to support the veteran to help ensure they have access to all the programs and services available to them as a way to improve their quality of life.
AHI’s transitional program participants can stay for up to six months. During that time each participant works toward goals created with the help of their social worker. If after six months a participant is not ready to leave, they are able to stay until they are prepared to live on their own independently.
In the past year, AHI’s veterans and vets from the community utilized our day programs 7,800 times.
Many of AHI’s permanent residents are older, and/or have disabilities. Our permanent residents include a US Army WWII veteran and a Navy Pilot POW from the Vietnam War who was held in captivity for 178 days until he was rescued by a US Marine.
Many of AHI’s permanent housing and transitional housing veterans have distinguished service awards including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Navy Cross, and more.
One of AHI’s transitional housing residents was in the midst of studying for his Boards to become a pediatric doctor when he became homeless. He passed his Boards while at AHI and is now a licensed, practicing doctor.
AHI’s ultimate goal is to help empower veterans to find employment and permanent, stable housing to help them return to civilian life confident of their own abilities and able to live independently.
Each of AHI’s social workers keeps in touch with their assigned veterans who have graduated from the program to ensure they continue to take the steps necessary to prevent becoming homeless again.
Since AHI’s inception in 1985, thousands of homeless veterans have graduated from our program and are living vibrant, productive lives. Most are employed or are pursuing their degrees.
Many of AHI’s graduates return to the program to mentor their ‘brothers and sisters in arms’ who are struggling with homelessness to encourage them to move forward too.
Homelessness is difficult for anyone. Many homeless veterans feel an acute sense of personal shame because of the pride and sense of accomplishment they once had serving our country then losing everything and living on the streets.