Veterans Transition Center
The Veterans Transition Center (VTC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) rehabilitation center and shelter for veterans, founded in 1998, in Monterey County, California. The VTC is located at the site of the former Fort Ord near Marina, California. While the program is funded partly by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it largely relies on donations from the public. The VTC seeks a holistic approach to helping homeless veterans that includes community service, life skills classes, sobriety requirements, counseling, and transitional housing. According to the U.S. Army Monterey Presidio Public Affairs bureau:
In general, the mission of the Veterans Transition Center is to provide services for Monterey County's homeless veterans and their families... by providing veterans with transitional housing, emergency services and case-management programs, veterans will once again become employable and productive members of the community.
Currently, the center is looking forward to add a vocational rehabilitation program and more housing units. The vocational rehabilitation program is to include a non-profit store with the express purpose of hiring the most veterans possible while the additional housing units will increase the center's capacity for veterans to rehabilitate. Since its inception, the VTC has served 4,155 single veterans and 351 veterans with families. According to the center:
An estimated 80% of veterans who graduated from the VTC program transitioned into permanent housing for at least one year while 92% of who were in the program for 1 year maintained sobriety. At the time of graduation, 87% of veterans had $700 or more in savings and 75% were employed with a mean wage greater than $9.00 per hour. Among families, 100% of school aged children attended school, 80% of children pursued an after-school hobby, and 100% of all veterans with families enrolled in healthy families insurance.
Starting in June 2011, work has begun on two previously abandoned buildings that are to become a non-profit thrift store and reception center for arriving veterans.
- VTC Listing in the Monterey County Herald: http://businesslistings.montereyherald.com/3020732/Veterans-Transition-Center-Monterey-County-Marina-CA
- KION Central Coast News. 2009. Former Marine Fights Homelessness in Face of Economy: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- KION Central Coast News. 2009. VTC sees big increase in homeless vets: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- Townsell, T. K. (2009). Monterey Area Veterans Transition Center offers assistance to all local vets. Retrieved 04-11-2011 from www.army.mil, the official homepage of the U.S. Army: http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/12/10/31701-monterey-area-veterans-transition-center-offers-assistance-to-all-local-vets/
- Monterey County Weekly. 2011. Homeless Veteran Support: http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/weblogs/homeless-veteran-support/[permanent dead link]