Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing
Program is located at the Washington
Veterans Home in Retsil, WA. The Veterans
Home sits on a 31 acre bluff overlooking the
The 60-bed transitional housing facility is
available to assist those in need of stable
housing, vocational rehabilitation, and
increased income potential.
Veterans are surrounded with supportive
staff and wrap-around services designed to
lead to their successful completion of the
program and a successful return to the
Building 9 for Veterans focuses on three goals:
• Increased residential stability of participants
• Greater self-determination of participants
• Increased skill level and income potential of
Eligibility for Admission
• Served in any branch of the
US Armed Forces
• Received an Honorable or General
Under Honorable Discharge
• Homeless for one or more nights
• Clean and sober for at least the last 30
• Desire to lead a clean and sober
• Desire to make meaningful life
changes leading to independent living
• Willing to undergo criminal background
Most veterans are referred by the Federal VA
Medical Center Homeless Liaison Officer Erin Horner. Veterans may reach Erin at the American Lake VA Hospital (253) 582-8440, Press “0”, and ask for the Homeless Liaison Officer, Erin Horner. Because we are a VA Grant and Per Diem Program, Erin screens applicants at the Federal VA level and routes them to Building 9. We also accept community referrals through Ray Switzer. Veterans may contact a Building 9 at 360-895-4393 or
360-895-4394, you may also email Building9@dva.wa.gov for more information.
SERVICES PROVIDED TO VETERANS IN THE PROGRAM
Veterans in the program work in a collaborative
partnership with case managers to form
an individualized case plan. Accountability,
progress in achieving case plan goals, and abiding by program rules are cornerstones to continuation in the program.
On-Site Chemical Dependency Services:
Veterans in the program have access to
individual and group chemical dependency
services, including AA and NA groups.
The program is a zero tolerance environment,
with random drug and alcohol testing.
On-Site Mental Health Services:
Veterans in the program have access to mental
health services to identify issues that need to
be addressed and to develop a course
The treatment plan may include individual
and/or group mental health services.
Part of the treatment may include life skills
training and community volunteer work.
On-Site Job Center
An on-site job center is available to veterans
in the program, providing access to computers,
Internet, e-mail, voicemail, and fax services.
Employment and training services are provided
collaboratively by program staff, WorkSource,
volunteers, community providers, and the local
business community. Employment services
include vocational guidance, job readiness skills,
computer familiarity, computer-assisted job
search, Internet and e-mail guidance, resume
development, and job referrals.
Building 9 for Veterans has a van to transport
veterans in the program to case management
related appointments. The facility is also
located on bus lines and is accessible from the
Seattle area by ferry.