VA Maryland Health Care System
A Village to Call Home
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined VA Maryland Health Care System Director Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr. and other state and VA Maryland Health Care System leadership on Aug. 23 for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony on the grounds of the Perry Point VA Medical Center. The HELP Veterans Village was officially opened to Veterans and their families.
Located on the grounds of the Perry Point VA Medical Center between 1st Street and 5th Street, HELP Veterans Village is a 75– renovated and newly constructed housing development for at-risk and formerly homeless Veterans in Cecil County.
The HELP Veterans Village at Perry Point is part of the continuum of care provided to Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. It is only one example of the kinds of permanent housing programs available through the VA Maryland Health Care System. We encourage Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to go to any of our VA Maryland Health Care System facilities to ask for help for homelessness, which is now considered a health care issue by the VA.
Before one is eligible for permanent housing, he or she must be enrolled in VA health care and cannot be a lifetime sex offender. Also, once enrolled, Veterans need to agree to participate in case management services provided by the HUD-VASH program, which determines eligibility for the HELP Village, located on the Perry Point campus and within walking distance to those and other VA services.
Veterans are not limited to the HELP Veterans Village. In fact, if they prefer to live on the Eastern Shore or in any of the other communities within our 15-county catchment area, they can access tenant-based HUD-VASH permanent housing.
When Veterans agree to case management services, the case management team assists them in securing their DD214s, birth certificates, and other ID and income eligibility documents that they may have lost track of while homeless.
Thanks to several groups, the Veterans moving into the new HELP Veterans Village at the Perry Point VA Medical Center are being presented with a welcome basket full of goodies to get them started in their new homes. These groups donated items to for the Welcome Baskets that each veteran moving into the Help Veterans Village received:
- Abingdon Elks
- American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36
- American Legion Auxiliary North Eastern Shore District
- AMVETS- Department of Maryland
- AMVETS Auxiliary- Department of Maryland
- Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 25
- Women’s Army Corps Chapter 70