Transitional Housing for our Homeless Veterans
Approximately 33% of Pittsburgh's homeless are US Veterans. When Veteran's Administration Chaplain Mike Wurschmidt left the US Air Force to begin his ministry among the poor and broken, he never knew that so many of the homeless in our nation's cities were combat veterans from the Vietnam War. Over the next 22 years, Chaplain Mike and his wife, Tina, have been reaching out to the poor and homeless, including our veterans, in cities across our nation. Since June 1993, they have been in the trenches of Pittsburgh helping the homeless.
The aim of Shepherd's Heart Veteran's Home (SHVH) is to restore honor and dignity to those who have served our country. SHVH is a collaboration between the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Shepherd's Heart Fellowship. Working closely with the VA's Comprehensive Homeless Program and the many Veteran Support Groups, Shepherd's Heart Veteran's Home provides:
- Outreach to those veterans living on the streets who otherwise would not seek assistance
- 8 long-term sheltered transitional bedrooms, 3 acute care bedrooms, case management, and rehabilitation
- Employment assistance and life skill training
- Supported permanent housing
- Clinical assessment and referral to needed medical treatment for physical and psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse, by partnering with the Homeless Veteran Health Care (HVHC) team