Veterans of South East Queens Resource Guide
Assemblywoman NIly Rozic bills were signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The two bills covered education and housing. The housing portion of the bill directed state agencies to report on the state of Veteran’ homelessness.
Under Assembly Bill A5660, state agencies must generate reports that include information on how many Veterans are homeless and an analysis of gender as it relates to homelessness. It will also include data on children of Veterans.
According to QNS.com, New York had 37,878 homeless Veterans accounted for on a single night.
The following information is to provide housing resources in one place for Veterans of South East Queens. Timothy Turane has been vocal about housing and you may watch some of the issues he has made the media aware of here.
Tim Turane appears on Exit55 with Richard Rose.
a. VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of our mission to serve you, we provide a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.
b. VA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.
2. House a Vet
a. HSS' priority is working with homeless veterans, developing and sustaining a system that rapidly rehouses all who become homeless and working with our public and private partners to prevent homelessness in the first place. Since November of 2015, we have helped over 600 vets to find permanent homes. Now we need your help to house the next 600.
b. If you or someone you know has space to house a Veteran, fill out the application on the link above.
a. Veteran Peer Coordinators
i. DVS has a team of Veteran Peer Coordinators who provide direct, peer-to-peer assistance to homeless and at-risk veterans navigating New York City's complex housing process. The VPCs serve as advocates, ensuring veterans are informed throughout the process and have everything they need including:
ii. Transportation to and from housing
iii. Necessary documentation and financial paperwork
iv. Rental Subsidies and move-in letter
b. Housing Coordination Center
i. The Housing Coordination Center (HCC) was created to recruit property owners, managers, and brokers who have a desire to give back to those who served our country in the form of a home. With an affordable housing vacancy rate of under 2% and a veteran homeless population of over 500, HCC’s mission is to increase the supply of housing available to veterans by building awareness of the veteran homeless crisis while educating real estate professionals of city, state and federal resources available to those who participate. Real estate professionals who work with HCC to fill their vacant unit(s) can expect the following:
1. White-Glove Service: Anyone who offers a home to a veteran is a part of our family, that’s why Team HCC helps property owners, managers, and brokers through every step of the process. We recognize navigating through any form of government can be challenging. Team HCC monitors each step of the process to ensure a timely lease-up while keeping you aware of each step in the process.
2. One-Stop-Shop: As the single point of contact, we make it simple to get veterans referrals, checks, and answers to all the questions they may have. Every team member has their own phone, so veterans always know they will reach a member of our team.
3. Quality Placements: Team HCC works in conjunction with our Veteran Peer Coordinators to find the right home for the right vet. We have access to an abundance of veterans seeking a new home and it’s our goal to connect you with them.
a. City implementation partner: Department of Veterans’ Services
i. Through public-private partnerships, the City will support veteran-specific, non-traditional mental health services for veterans, including service animals, meditation training, yoga, and expressive therapy. Through coordinated partnerships with VA medical centers and veterans services organizations, DVS will encourage veterans and their families to seek out additional therapies to complement their mental health care treatment.
5. Supportive Services for Veteran Families
a. For very low-income Veterans, SSVF provides case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran’s home or identify a new, more suitable housing situation for the individual and his or her family; or to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless and might remain homeless without this assistance.
b. Through referrals and direct outreach, nonprofit agencies and community cooperatives use SSVF funding to quickly house Veterans and their families who are homeless and keep others from slipping into homelessness by providing time-limited supportive services that promote housing stability. Case management includes help securing VA and other benefits such as educational aid and financial planning.
i. Volunteers of America
2. Phone number for Queens: 855-200-0862
3. They were awarded 1, 537,713.00
ii. HELP Social Service Corporation
3. They were awarded 1,388,576.00
iii. Services for Underserved
3. They were awarded 6,943,763.00
iv. The Jericho Project
3. They were awarded 2,714,375.00
Getting an education is a great way for Veterans to adjust back into their community. The most important part of serving is the bond developed between soldiers. Bonds lead to reenlistment and volunteering for missions that may separate the individuals from their family for extended periods of time. Education provides Veterans the opportunity to form new bonds and grow their network.
Friends of Tim Turane compiled a list of resources for Veterans who would like to continue their education.
a. New York provides tuition awards for resident veterans enrolled in a degree program or vocational training institute within the state of New York. Full-time students can be awarded the full cost of tuition, while part-time students receive awards based on how many credit hours they are enrolled in. This program is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
a. Eligibility for a Military Service Recognition Scholarship requires that the veteran was a New York resident at the time that they died or became disabled, and that the death or disability occurred after August 2, 1990. The veteran must have served in the U.S. armed forces or a state-run militia. The death or disability must have been a consequence of an illness or injury suffered during service or during training for service in combat or a combat zone. Dependents of veterans who are missing in action are also eligible for this scholarship.
a. Students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, died, suffered a 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war are eligible to apply. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death. The applicant must be pursuing an approved undergraduate degree at a college or university located in NYS.
a. Children of deceased Veterans may be eligible for college funding through this program.
a. Operation Recognition allows eligible veterans to earn high school diplomas if they left school without graduating. Section 305 of the NYS Education Law created Operation Recognition to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma.
6. Internships for Veterans
i. Currently Closed
ii. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.
i. The Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.
i. This section outlines requirements for Pathways Programs at VA for Internships, Recent Graduates, and PMFs for eligibility, program completion, and conversion.
i. Rainbow Division Veterans Foundation Scholarship
Has approved over $20,000 annually in college scholarship money to current Soldiers of the 42d Infantry Division and descendants of RDVF members.
ii. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty ROTC Scholarship Program
Provides Soldiers with a 2-year Full scholarship (No tuition cap), plus $1200 annually for schoolbooks for Soldiers that are MSO qualified and enroll in ROTC.
iii. United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) Service-Connected Nomination Process
Opportunities for enlisted members of the New York Army National Guard to attend the United States Military Academy and the USMA Preparatory School through service-connected nominations.
iv. Scholarship Links for Minority Students
A list of over 100 web sites that provide scholarships to minority students
a. Course data is sent by the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) once a month. Each individual training school is responsible for updating the ATRRS system when a Service Member graduates from a course. Only qualified courses are sent to JST (SMART FORCE/distance learning courses and other courses that are less than 45 hours in length are excluded as they are not evaluated by ACE). Prior to contacting Army JST support staff, please ensure your training records are correct in ATRRS and they are "qualified".