Programming for Veterans
Many military veterans face numerous challenges upon their return home and on their road to re-adaptation. According to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 45% of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness and –with considerable overlap– slightly more than 70% suffer from alcohol or other drug abuse problems. Tragically, the VA estimates that nationally nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year.
Veterans often face the following additional issues:
- Extreme shortage of affordable housing
- Lack of livable income
- Limited access to health care
- Lingering effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance use
- Scarce family and social support networks
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans strongly believes that all programs designed to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping veterans reach the point where they can obtain and sustain employment. The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups, including transitional housing that offers the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.
Cazenovia Recovery Systems offers programming to help veterans on their path to recovery through Liberty Hall, which is designed specifically for them. Liberty Hall provides the following specialized services to veterans:
- Community-style living with 24-hour staff supervision
- Integrated service planning with VA services
- Individualized service / treatment planning
- Linkage with appropriate medical care
- Self-help groups
- Counseling with the VA and Cazenovia Recovery Systems staff
When veterans are ready to reconnect with the community and seek employment, we also offer:
- Links to employment readiness programs
- Subsidized housing for those who qualify
Liberty Hall is an 18-bed Community Residence Program licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and funded by the VA Homeless Grant Per Diem Program located on the grounds of the Batavia VA Medical Center. This program allows Cazenovia Recovery Systems to provide programming specific to homeless male veterans who have a substance use disorder, while we support their mental health and physical well-being.
See the Liberty Hall program page for more information.
In December 2013, Cazenovia Recovery Systems opened Cadence Square on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Canandaigua, New York. Cazenovia Recovery developed the program in partnership with Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA) of Clifton Springs, New York, Cadence Square’s co-owner and manager.
The program was developed for military veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and has 17 apartments open to eligible male and female veterans and their dependents. Eight supportive living units and eight congregate care units accommodate an additional 26 individuals in one- or two-bedroom settings.
Cadence Square offers:
- Quality, affordable housing
- A full continuum of support services
- Recovery services
- Independent living skills training
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Employment skills training
Cadence Square is located in Building 14 on the historically significant VA Center campus, and in the newly built complex adjacent to Building 14.