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St. Clair County

St. Clair County Veterans Assistance Commission (SCCVAC)
SCCVAC helps Veterans with temporary financial assistance for food & hygiene vouchers and rent & utilities.  They cannot help with past due amounts and there's a $300 limit on utility assistance in one month.  They also cannot assist with fees, deposits, or past or overdue rent.  SCCVAC also assists Vets in filing claims for compensation, pensions & other issues.
SCCVAC
19 Public Square Suite 300
Belleville, IL
(618) 277-0040
Monday through Friday
9am-4pm (closed between 12pm-1pm)

The Joseph Center
5020 State Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205
618-271-4673
The Eagle’s Nest of St. Clair County helps homeless military Veterans with support and transitional housing for men at the Joseph Center in East St. Louis.  *Vets must come directly from The Hope Recovery Center or a substance abuse program.  Services focus on life skills training, medical, dental & mental health services; career counseling & job training; assistance receiving benefits such as SSI, SSDI, VA, GA & food stamps; substance abuse after-care and individual & group counseling.



Madison County

Madison County Veterans' Assistance Commission Outreach
They host outreach for Veterans at various locations where Vets can meet with a Service Officer in regards to all benefit-related filings, including VA-service-connected compensations and pension claims, Aid & Attendance pension benefits, and health care benefits.  Call to make an appointment with a Service Officer at one of the locations in Alton, Cottage Hills, Granite City, Highland or Wood River.
(618) 296-4554

The Veterans’ Assistance Commission of Madison County Inc.
For emergencies such as rent payments to avoid eviction, utility payments to avoid disconnections, food & basic necessities, burial expenses and limited dental assistance.  Vets must have proof of an Honorable Discharge (DD-214) and proof of Madison County residence and meet the guidelines.
157 North Main Street Suite 115
Edwardsville, IL
(618) 296-4554
E-mail: mcvac@co.madison.il.us



Metro East


Metro East Vet Center

Helps with PTSD, military sexual trauma, suicide prevention, bereavement counseling and more.
228 West Pointe Dr.
Swansea, IL
(618) 825-0160



General Programs

Health Care For Homeless Veterans (HCHV)- St. Louis
A team dedicated to meet Veterans where they are and provide them with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice, and reentry-related services and more.

Hope Recovery Center
15 North Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO
(314) 652-4100 Ext. 55460


HUD-VASH Program

This is a joint program between HUD (Housing And Urban Development) and VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing).  It combings HUD rental housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help homeless Vets & their families find permanent housing.  Case managers may also connect Vets with services for health care, mental health care, substance abuse & their ability to maintain housing.


St. Louis Vet Center

(314) 531-5355


U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs for Service Dogs
Frequently asked questions about Service Dogs for Vets.

VA Programs for Homeless Vets
Multiple programs dedicated to helping homeless Veterans with various needs.  Visit their website by clicking the link.

VA Vet Centers
Provide counseling, outreach & referrals to combat Vets & their families. Services may include counseling for PTSD, alcohol & drug assessment, suicide prevention.  All services are free and strictly confidential.
Call 1-(877) WAR-VETS
(1-877-927-8387)


Veterans Affair Medical Care Hardship Program
Helps Veterans, their families & dependents pay off medical bills & healthcare expenses plus helps struggling Vets qualify for healthcare benefits. Conditions must be met and household incomes will apply.  
1-(877)-222-8387

Veterans Affairs Services Hotline
Access the VA's services for homeless and at-risk Veterans.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call 1-(877) 4AID-VET
(1-877-424-3838)


Vet Center Call Center
Confidential calls to talk about military experiences & adjusting to civilian life.
1-877-927-8237

Veteran's Crisis Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
Call: 1-(800)-273-8255   Press 1 to talk.
Text: Send a text message to 838255.

Veterinarians for Veterans
Veterans who need assistance with veterinary care can find a participating veterinarian.