Southern Region Programs –
Permanent Supportive Housing (Radichel Townhomes)
In 2006, 11 units of permanent supportive housing were opened in Mankato. The Permanent Supportive Housing program provides long-term community-based housing and supportive services for homeless veterans with disabilities. The intent of this program is to support disabled veterans to live as independently as possible in a permanent setting. Supportive services may be provided by the agency managing the housing or another public or private service agency.
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 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 2008 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.