Definition of Homeless
Public Law 100-77, signed into law on July 22, 1987, known as the “McKinney Act,” identifies a homeless person as one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; and who has a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter, a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
What causes Veterans Homelessness?
Below are various causes of homelessness:
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Disabilities – physical injury or mental illness
Substance abuse – drug abuse or alcoholism
Joblessness and poverty
Lack of low cost housing
Lack of transportation
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MIEHE VETERANS TRANSITIONAL HOME
420 E 9TH STREET WATERLOO, IA
IS THIS HOUSE FOR MEN OR WOMEN?
The 1st home is only for men. The 2nd home currently houses a veteran family of 4.
HOW MANY MEN CAN THE 1st HOUSE ACCOMMODATE?
There are 3 bedrooms for 3 men.
HOW LONG ARE THEY ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE HOUSE?
It depends on the individual and their case goals.
WHERE DO YOU FIND THE VETERANS FOR THE HOUSE?
We work close with the Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs and Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) for referrals of veterans in need of our program.
DOES THE VETERAN NEED FURNISHINGS?
Through many local donations we have the transitional homes furnished and move in ready for each veteran. They are also supplied with clothing, self-care items, food and any other basic necessities needed.
DOES THE VETERAN NEED TO BE EMPLOYED?
No employment is necessary to move into the homes. If the veteran does not have employment and is able to work, we will work with them to find employment to help them reach their goal of becoming independent.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO DROP OF ITEMS AT THE HOMES FOR THE VETERANS?
While we appreciate your willingness to donate items to assist veterans, we would prefer the items come to our office at 904 W 4th St in Waterloo to be evaluated and inventoried. This way the items are assessed for need among the veterans we assist. If you have items you would like to donate specifically for the veterans in the homes, then make us aware of that when you drop off the items and we contact them about the items once they are assessed.