The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) has participated in the Veteran’s Administration Per Diem Program since 2009. Through this program, administered by the Dallas VA, veterans who are “formerly homeless or in danger of becoming homeless” are sent to the Mission to live in a transitional living environment for up to two years. UGM is approved to have up to 40 individuals living here at any one time. Since the beginning of the program, there have been between 34-40 veterans living at the Mission at all times.
UGM's VA Per Diem Program has three goals:
- Increase the veteran's income potential
- Establish residential stability
- Promote self-determination
These goals are achieved through:
- Crisis stabilization
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Case Management
- Transportation and clothing assistance
- Faith-based counseling (upon request)
All prospective participants must be approved and referred to the program by the VA North Texas Healthcare System Comprehensive Homeless Center. All services are given in addition to room and board.
Single male veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions are eligible for the program.
Local information can be obtained by contacting:
UGM VA Per Diem Program Manager