The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform, served this country and protected our freedoms.
That’s why, in 2001, the Erie United Methodist Alliance teamed up with the Veteran’s Administration and HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to open Liberty House, the only transitional housing program in Erie County specifically for homeless Veterans. The house is a safe haven for the men who protected our freedom and are now in need of a new beginning.
Veterans stay at Liberty House for 3 to 6 months. During their residency, staff members provide them with the advocacy and support needed to help them regain their independence and move into stable and permanent housing. The structured program at Liberty House enables these men to develop the life skills necessary to deal positively with life issues to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Liberty House is a drug, alcohol, and violence free residence.
Who we serve:
• Honorably-discharged homeless male Veterans
• Other than honorably discharged homeless male Veterans not otherwise eligible for VA benefits and not discharged by General Courts-Martial
How we serve:
• Assist Veterans in their progress toward self-sufficiency in personal housing.
• Help to secure necessary vital information such as Social Security card, Photo ID, birth certificate.
• Work with Veteran to identify personal needs and establish recovery goals.
• Link with Veterans Health Administration Homeless Coordinator to access VA benefits and community resources such as counseling/treatment, employment, assistance with budgeting, education and training.
Liberty House Programs:
• In-house AA meeting
• Forensic/Veteran Peer Support
• Life Skills classes
• VA programs:
PRRC (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center)
Drug & Alcohol counseling
CWT (Compensated Work Therapy)
IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)
How you can help:
• men's hygiene products: disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
• paper products: bath tissue, paper towels, aluminum foil, saran wrap, etc.
• laundry and cleaning supplies, garbage bags
• linen and blankets (twin and queen size), bath towels and wash cloths
• Individuals/groups are invited to fellowship with the men at Liberty House. For more information, contact Liberty House directly at (814) 874-3687.