Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
VAMC Receives Funding For Homeless PACT
The Providence VA Medical Center has been awarded $252,675 over a two-year period for a grant proposal to expand its existing Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) program. Over the past 5 years, the Providence VAMC has developed what is considered a model PACT program for homeless Veterans. This innovative program offers a Homeless Primary Care Walk-in Clinic, which allows homeless Veterans to directly and immediately access a wide range of VA services including primary care, housing assistance, and mental health care. The PACT program staff consists of an interdisciplinary team including physicians, a nurse practitioner, a homeless coordinator from the Providence VA Regional Office to address claims and benefits, and a social worker from the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. Funding from this grant will allow the Providence VAMC to expand into a newly-renovated space on campus: one that would not only be more Veteran-centered and recovery-focused but that would also serve as the centralized "hub" of homeless programming, offering a "one-stop shopping" model of care.
The Providence VAMC is one of 32 Homeless PACTs nationwide to receive funding, helping to promote an integrated and coordinated healthcare response to eliminating Veterans homelessness.
For more information about this grant or the Providence VA Medical Center, please contact Tom Antonaccio, Public Affairs Officer, at (401) 457-3369.