Veterans Leadership Program is proud to serve 6,500 Veterans annually in over 30 counties in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. We couldn’t do it without the help of our dedicated staff and many volunteers. Our goal is to continue increasing our impact numbers every year and to help make an impact on the lives of Veterans all across the United States to help them live their lives to the fullest.
VLP is proud to provide service throughout 30 counties in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, Chautauqua, NY and Ashtabula, OH Counties.
Paul is a veteran who has a history of being chronically homeless. However, during his episodes of homelessness, he was able to maintain employment. Paul utilized the cold weather shelters during the winter months, but refused to stay in shelter long term because he would not be able to walk to work from the shelter’s location. He always scheduled for overnight shifts so that he could be indoors overnight. He would often say that he was very resourceful and was able to stay safe. Paul was difficult to locate housing for because he would only consider rental units that were within walking distance of his job. Finally, in March, we were able to locate an available rental unit that is across the highway from where he works.
Since being housed in March, Paul has stopped consuming alcohol. He is maintaining his sobriety. He is able to work additional hours and often has some overtime. His health has improved and he states that he feels very well rested on most days. He is now volunteering at a soup kitchen that he used to frequent weekly. Paul is progressing to self-sufficiency and is able to rent share 50% of his rent for the upcoming month.
—Veteran PaulRead All
James was enrolled in SSVF RR in March 2019 after receiving a notice to vacate a property from the local Fire Marshall. He was living in a place not meant for habitation. He was working, but only part time. His income did not provide him the financial resources to obtain a rental unit. James also had a difficult time getting approved for a rental unit due to a prior eviction. In May, James met with a landlord in his desired location. He was honest with the landlord from the beginning and advocated for himself. It worked; he was approved for the rental unit. Shortly after moving in, James was offered a full-time position with a local electrician. He began working for his new employer and soon got an increase in his wages. James was discharged from the program earlier this month, as he quickly became self-sufficient and was no longer eligible for SSVF. His increase in income put him above the eligibility limit.
James went from homeless to self-sufficient within a 90-day time period.
—Veteran JamesRead All