Northern Region Programs –
Some of the homeless veterans MACV serves are placed into its Transitional Housing program. The Transitional Housing program is designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to homeless persons to facilitate movement to independent living within 24 months. MACV has two Transitional Housing programs. MACV offers five units of Transitional Housing located onsite with our Duluth offices. The other is the Structured Independent Living (SIL) house. MACV owns one SIL house in the Duluth Region that can accommodate up to five individuals. The SIL program combines two key concepts: structure and independence.
MACV North and Duluth Veterans’ Place
Our Northern Regional office in Duluth opened in December 2010. The renovation project, which was a partnership between MACV and the Northern Communities Land Trust (NCLT), was completed in March 2011. Duluth Veterans’ Place has eleven permanent housing units, four transitional housing units, and one transitional handicap accessible unit. Supportive services for veterans will be provided onsite and MACV Duluth’s administrative offices will be housed in one of the buildings. All of MACV Duluth’s services will now be available in one convenient location.
Our outreach efforts bring us to every county across the state – to food shelves, shelters, community centers and clinics providing services to individuals and families. As a result of our outreach, we are connecting with more veterans than ever before and educating community service providers throughout the state in how to best meet the unique needs of homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
MACV assists homeless veterans and provides supportive services to prevent homelessness (for veterans and their families). Services include direct payments to assist with rental/mortgage assistance; transportation; utilities; food/clothing; car repairs, etc. To be eligible for assistance, clients must be a veteran with an honorable discharge and 181 days of active duty service. The veteran must be a Minnesota resident (30 days) and homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless and must be motivated to make positive change. To be eligible for housing assistance, the veteran should pay no more than 30% of their income toward monthly housing expenses. Generally, assistance is provided on a one-time basis in which the payment is considered to resolve the current crisis.
Civil Legal Assistance
Our employment and civil legal assistance programs often work in conjunction. Approximately 15% of the employment placements achieved in 2009 were directly attributable to the identification of and attendance to legal issues that are barriers to employment or housing for the veterans. MACV’s Vetlaw program assesses a client’s civil legal needs and the gravity of them. All program services are tied to legal issues that affect getting or keeping a job and/or housing.
Through the Vetlaw program, MACV is able to provide information and referral to legal resources on several topics such as family law guidelines, expungement procedures, criminal/civil court procedures, unlawful detainer guidelines and more. Legal concerns with the most critical impact on a veteran’s employability are served first. To successfully address a homeless veteran’s legal issues while not duplicating services already available, MACV has established community partnerships with community service organizations and law firms. Vetlaw utilizes new, unique approaches to increase employment and job retention. The program removes barriers impacting stabilized living and employment by directly addressing, and removing, a multitude of legal issues homeless veterans face.