40 Years of Service

Veterans & Community Housing Coalition (VCHC) is proud to have served the Veteran community of Upstate New York for 40 years. 

The Veterans & Community Housing Coalition (VCHC) was established in 1983 to address the rising number of homeless Veterans. They initiated Vet House, a fourteen-bed transitional home for homeless male Veterans, supported by funding from the Veterans Administration. Over the years, VCHC expanded its efforts to provide permanent housing for homeless Veterans, developing affordable housing units in Wilton with support from HUD and NYS HCR. Recognizing the need for housing homeless Veterans with families, additional units were built with funding from NYS HCR. VCHC also acquired a two-family home in Ballston Spa to accommodate homeless Veterans with disabilities and their families, funded through HUD’s Continuum of Care program.

In response to the growing number of homeless female Veterans, VCHC purchased a home in Ballston Spa in 2011, offering transitional housing for homeless female Veterans. The Guardian House received funding from the VA and NYSSHP to support this program. Subsequently, VCHC was awarded the Support Services for Veterans & Families (SSVF) program from the VA in 2012, providing housing stability and support services to Veterans and their families in multiple counties.

In 2016, VCHC launched the Saratoga Veterans Apartment Program (SVAP) to address the lack of affordable housing for veterans in Saratoga County. This program offers rent-free permanent housing and support services to low-income, disabled veterans and their families. Looking ahead, VCHC embarked on a community-driven initiative in 2024 to build Foreverly House, a unique two-family home providing stable and supportive housing for homeless Veteran moms and their children, with the support of various partners. Through their dedicated efforts and partnerships, VCHC has a remarkable track record of offering housing and support services to homeless Veterans, making a significant impact in the community.

Executive Director

President

  • Norman McFarlane, Esq

  • Phillip Oswald

  • Wendy Brust

  • Tom Ratsep

  • Ron Patterson

  • Tammy DiCara

  • Tom Rielly