Houston VA Hosts 13th Annual Stand Down
for Homeless Veterans
WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2013, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m., Opening Ceremonies
WHERE: Emancipation Park Community Center
3018 Dowling Street, Houston, Texas 77004
WHAT: The 13th Annual Stand Down is an opportunity for homeless Veterans, and those at risk, to access a broad spectrum of services at one convenient location and to create a plan to transition out of homelessness permanently. The event brings a wide range of specialized resources together to provide homeless Veterans with comprehensive medical and psychosocial services. It also offers programs specific to women and Veterans of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Stand Down” is military terminology referring to the brief period of time a soldier leaves an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength.
In 2009, VA set a goal of ending homelessness among Veterans by 2015. Here in Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is doing its part through partnerships with city, state and federal agencies, a wide-array of programs and services, and through this annual Stand Down.
The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless Veterans.
More information about VA’s homeless programs in Houston is available at http://www.houston.va.gov/Homeless_Programs.asp.