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Building 9 for Veterans

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 Sinclair Inlet.

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 community.

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
participants

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 days
• Desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle
• Desire to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living
• Willing to undergo criminal background check

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

Case Management:

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
of treatment. 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.

Transportation

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.


Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing Program Expands to Serve More Veterans


In March the staff at Building 9 were excited to officially open twenty additional beds in the Transitional Housing Program, bringing the facility total to 60 beds. Currently there are 57 veterans who are receiving services at Building 9.

The Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing Program has been serving veterans since 2007 and is the only grant and per diem program operated by a State Department of Veterans Affairs. The facility is located at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil and provides stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and assistance in securing employment and / or regular income in the form of VA disability compensation or other benefits. 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 community.


Since opening, the program has helped 174 veterans transition from homelessness to stable housing.
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
participants

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 days
• Desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle
• Desire to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living
• Willing to undergo criminal background check

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 Building 9 is 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 or visit our website for more information.

 
 
 
 

Contact us

Hours
Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30

Phone Numbers

360-895-4346
E-mail: Building9@dva.wa.gov

Address:
Washington Veterans Home
1141 Beach Drive East, Building 9
Retsil, WA 98378

Mailing Address:
Building 9 for Veterans
PO BOX 8175
Port Orchard, WA 98366


To apply for admission:
Program Application Word * PDF
Admission Criteria Word * PDF
Background Screening Word * PDF
Mail to: Building 9 for Veterans
(Attn: Ray Switzer)
PO Box 8175
Port Orchard, WA 98366


Service Officers
360-895-4346

Lynda Reese
Veterans Service Officer
1141 Beach Drive East, Building 9
Retsil, WA 98378
Phone: (360) 895-4371
Fax: (360) 895-4451
Lyndare@dva.wa.gov
Wednesdays - at a different office

Dawnell Vaughn
Veteran Service Officer
Phone: (360) 895-4358
Fax: (360) 895-4451
DawnellV@dva.wa.gov

William Brown
Veteran Service Officer
Phone: 360-895-4346
WilliamB@dva.wa.gov

 

 

 


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