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MCVET is committed to offering a military-structured, seamless continuum of care that helps veterans in need transition from dependent to independent living.
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) is serving more than 250 veterans daily, through Five (5) distinct programs -- a Day Drop-In Program, an Emergency Program (13 weeks), a Transitional Housing Program (up to two years), a Follow-up Program, and 80 Single Room Occupancy apartments (SRO). A natural progression will be to go from the Day Drop-in Program, to the Emergency Program, to the Transitional Housing Program, to the SRO. Veteran applicants from outside MCVET's program, including female veterans, are also accepted into the SRO program, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. As the veterans enrolled at MCVET travel through this continuum, they receive an array of services that support our primary goal of empowering them to return to the families and communities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) produces an annual CHALENG Report (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups), which estimates the number of homeless veterans based on requests for services at participating agencies. In the 2003 CHALENG Report, the VA estimated there were 313,087 homeless veterans on any given night in America.
According to the "The Forgotten American - Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve," released December 8, 1999, by the Interagency Council on the Homeless; 23% of the homeless population are veterans, and of that population, 33% of these veterans are me