U.S. Representative Todd Rokita visits HVAF of Indiana, Inc.
U.S. Representative Todd Rokita of Indiana’s 4th District sat down with HVAF’s President & CEO Dr. Charles Haenlein, HVAF staff, and veterans on Thursday, February 23, 2012, to learn more about the organization and its programs.
Representative Rokita heard from staff about the rise in younger veterans experiencing homelessness as well as the causes of homelessness, including lack of affordable housing and drug and alcohol addiction.
Also, Representative Rokita learned about HVAF programs, specifically Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF), which helps not only the individaul veteran but the entire family. SSVF is the first VA funded grant specifically designed to help homeless or near homeless veterans and their families reach stability through case management and financial assistance.
During a tour of HVAF, Rep. Rokita walked through HVAF’s Residential Employment, Substance Abuse, Treatment program where 22 veterans are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Rep. Rokita also met army veteran Bob M. who had been homeless for nearly three months before coming to HVAF.
“I was a truck driver and lost my job due to an accident,” Bob told Representative Rokita. “Simce coming to HVAF my life is much better. Also, I’m a member of the Residence Council, a new group tasked with helping 51 veterans living at HVAF’s newest transitional housing, Manchester Apartments.
“Each veteran has a different story,” says Dr. Haenlein. “It’s all different but all the same. These veterans are trying to get back on their feet and HVAF is here to help them during their transition.”