The Hampton Roads Disabilities Board (HRDB) held an information exchange for providers on programs and services to address the needs of housing and employment for the region’s veterans on Friday, July 20th. Over 100 participants registered for this event in an effort to learn more about assisting veterans secure stable employment, as well as, offering a wide range of housing-related housing options.
The following programs and organizations were on hand to provide information about services and programs, while providing fellow providers with the best methods to partner and collaborate:
Following the information exchange, two panel discussions allowed participants to discuss housing and employment issues with regional partners. The group of providers shared with the group that the demographics of the veterans seeking services has changes dramatically over the past few years. Several of the panelists discussed that the average veteran is much younger than in years before and they are observing more women and families seeking assistance. It was also mentioned that additional supportive services are coupled with housing and employment services, such as mental health referrals, substance abuse counseling, and assistance with transportation, to ensure that the veteran remain employed and housed.
The HRDB is the connector between the disabled community and local government, the business community, the faith community and the general public by raising awareness and exchanging information. The HRPDC provides staff support to the HRDB. The group meets every month at the HRPDC Regional Board Room.