Real House Recovery, Inc. (aka “Real House”), located in Monclair, NJ, leads a coalition of community-based organizations to address the chronic issue of homelessness among female veterans and their families living in Essex County, New Jersey. The Veterans Achieving Stability through Training (VAST) project is designed to reduce the number of homeless female veterans (with or without families), and increase the number of s/heroes achieving stability through training, job placement, and stable housing.
The coalition includes Essex County College (Newark), Isaiah House (East Orange), Bessie Mae Women and Family Health Clinic (East Orange), Urban Life Wellness and Counseling Center (East Orange), B.L.E.S.S.E.D. Ministries, Inc. (Newark), and EYES INC.
Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor—Veterans Employment and Training Service, the VAST project is one of two projects funded in the State of New Jersey to provide supportive services to veterans, and the only one funded to empower female veterans, and address chronic homelessness among this group.
VAST is structured to provide centralized access to a strong supportive network of comprehensive wrap-around services to encourage and enhance stability for no less than 80 female veterans, to include emergency housing assistance, permanent housing through HUD-VASH, case management, behavioral healthcare (individual/group/families), domestic violence, financial literacy, healthcare, health and wellness activities; career placement, supported employment (Job Retention), transportation, legal services, access to childcare and development; linkage to VA Benefits, and more.