A message from the Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition (VCHC), it is both a privilege and an honor to be at the forefront of providing vital support and services to veterans and individuals grappling with homelessness. The sad reality is that 1 in 4 veterans struggle with housing instability, homelessness, and hunger. 

At VCHC, we’re dedicated to addressing these challenges head-on. Our work in the communities we serve only strengthens our resolve and makes our mission all the more essential. We’re committed to forging vital connections for veterans in need, sharing our mission within our communities, and working tirelessly to ensure that no veteran is left without support.

Our team is composed of dedicated professionals from various backgrounds – veterans, military families, and individuals who have personally experienced homelessness and hunger. This diversity of experiences strengthens our understanding of the realities our veterans face.

Our focus is not only on providing immediate support such as a warm bed and a hot meal, but also on identifying gaps in services and making vital connections to address them. Success lies in the comprehensive support that our case managers and caring staff offer. They go the extra mile to provide our veterans with all the support services they need to transition successfully and remain out of homelessness. We aim to provide a network of support that empowers our veterans and communities to regain their independence. We connect our veterans to essential resources such as VA benefits, healthcare options, employment opportunities, training programs, higher education, assistance with the G.I. Bill, peer-to-peer support, mental health support, addiction counseling, and so much more. Our comprehensive approach ensures that each veteran’s unique needs are met, paving the way for their successful transition back into the community.

Freedom, as we all know, is not free. The brave men and women who took an oath to serve and protect our country deserve our unwavering support. The least we owe them is the support they need, the support they fought for our country for.

I invite you to join us in our mission to end veteran homelessness, one hero at a time. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those who have given so much.

With gratitude for your support,

Michelle Viola Straight
Executive Director, Veterans and Community Housing Coalition