OMAHA VETERANS CAMPUS
No veteran should be without a home, and our Omaha Veteran’s Campus is committed to making this a reality. Our program assists US military veterans in regaining their independence while aiding in their recovery from trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), financial loss, relationship issues, substance abuse, and any other barriers they may face.
Our mission statement is to provide help, hope, and opportunity for those experiencing hunger and homelessness, and our heart is to see that every veteran in our community is cared for. Veterans who come to us for assistance may be able to receive shelter or housing through one of our programs (Emergency Shelter, GPD Transitional Special Needs, GPD Transitional Low Demand, or Permanent Supportive Housing). Please see explanations on each page for qualifications.
All veterans who come to us can receive meals through our Veteran’s Campus meal-site, which provides 3 meals a day, 365 days a year to any veteran in need. In fact, we serve over 27,000 meals per year to veterans through this program.
Our goal for all of our clients is that they would eventually be able to have a place of their own to call home. We believe that permanent housing helps stabilize and helps individuals to be more successful. In our veteran’s program, 75% of our clients exit into permanent housing and 83% leave with income from either employment or disability. The saying is true, “We must serve them because they first served us.”
"We must serve them because they first
EMERGENCY VETERANS SHELTER
The Dr. Maurice Hart Non-Congregate Emergency Shelter is a 26 unit transitional living facility built for eligible discharged veterans of the US armed forces. Each unit has a kitchenette, living room, bedroom, and full bathroom. Veterans can stay for up to 6 months at no cost to the veteran. In order to qualify, a veteran must fit HUD’s definition of being homeless, must have mental health or substance abuse issues, must have VA hospital benefits and be referred by the VA.
Dr. Maurice Hart, a veteran of the United States Army and Pastor to our founder, Harry H. Wallar, Sr.
GDP TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR VETERANS (Special Needs)
Our Veteran’s Campus offers a two-year transitional housing program that assists veterans in regaining their independence. Historically, this program has served over 30 veterans each year. To qualify, a veteran must fit HUD’s definition of being homeless and must have a mental health issue that has required hospitalization within the last 3 years.
For the purpose of GPD (Grant Per-Diem) program eligibility, a veteran is defined as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, regardless of length of service, and who was discharged or released therefrom,” excluding anyone who received a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces or was discharged or dismissed from the Armed Forces by reason of the sentence of a general court-martial.
GDP TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR VETERANS (LOW DEMAND)
Our Veteran’s Campus offers a two-year transitional housing program that assists veterans in regaining their independence. In order to qualify, a veteran must fit HUD’s definition of being homeless.
For the purpose of GPD (Grant Per-Diem) program eligibility, a veteran is defined as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, regardless of length of service, and who was discharged or released therefrom,” excluding anyone who received a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces or was discharged or dismissed from the Armed Forces by reason of the sentence of a general court-martial. Individuals requesting assistance must also fill out a New Visions application and be accepted into the program.
VETERANS PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) provides quick, low-barrier access to permanent housing, and is a proven solution for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The David House at our Omaha Veteran’s Campus provides housing for 14 chronically homeless veterans. These programs report a 90% success rate of clients remaining in or exiting to permanent housing. Part of the reason for the success of these clients includes wrap-around care to help with transportation to medical appointments, access to counseling services, and access to healthy and balanced meals available to them at our veteran’s meal site.
In order to qualify for this program, a veteran must have a disability as defined in section 401(9) of the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11360(9)), who: lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter, and has been homeless and living as described for at least 12 months or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years, as long as the combined occasions equal at least 12 months and each break in homelessness separating the occasions included at least 7 consecutive nights of not living as described. An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility for less, including jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility, for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria of this definition before entering that facility, or must be selected by MACCH (Metro-Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless).