The Crawford House program provides safe emergency housing for veterans who are homeless and receiving mental health care, and it provides a temporary structured living environment for veterans in VA-provided substance abuse rehabilitation.
Crawford House provides a drug- and alcohol-free structured environment with 24/7 on-site house managers, case management, counseling, training in independent living skills, and job search assistance. It also provides residents with semi-private rooms and bathrooms, three meals every day, snacks, communal kitchen and living areas, laundry facilities and a computer lab.
Crawford House has beds for 21 veterans, including separate, private and secure accommodations for three women. Twelve of the beds are contracted for by the VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV); seven are contracted for by the VA Substance Abuse Program (SATP). The adjacent houses at 425 and 431 S. Weber Street, which are owned and operated by CVRC as transitional housing for homeless veterans, have 9 beds total and provide temporary, low-cost rental housing in a boarding-house environment for up to two years.
Programs & Activities
The goal of the program is to make it possible for homeless veterans to get a job and a place to live on their own by the time they complete their program, or they enter a subsidized housing program or one of the adjacent transition houses.
Therapeutic and rehabilitative services provided to all residents include:
Structured group activities (social, physical, etc.) emphasizing community interaction.
Supportive social services and case management provided by a licensed clinician on staff.
Counseling on self-care skills, adaptive coping skills and anger management skills.
Vocational rehabilitation counseling including computer access and training and collaboration with the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program.
Assistance in learning responsible living patterns to achieve more adaptive psychosocial functioning, upgraded social skills and improved personal relationships.
Instruction and assistance with health and personal hygiene.
Support for an alcohol/drug-free lifestyle.
Discharge planning and housing assistance.
The entire program is funded by VA contracts, the Veterans Trust Fund, grants, individual and corporate donations, fund-raisers, contributions from various agencies and businesses, and rent paid by vets in the transitional housing.