St. Michael’s Veterans Center (SMVC) provides quality, affordable permanent housing to veterans experiencing homelessness or living with a disability.
Our 24-acre campus with 117 apartment homes is designed to empower veterans toward healthy reintegration with their families and communities by providing safe, permanent housing and supportive services.
Changing Veterans Lives through Housing and Services
We strongly believe the only sustainable solution to veteran homelessness is permanent, affordable housing. When SMVC was established 10 years ago, we followed the evidence-based Housing First framework to permanently reduce veteran homelessness. The Housing First model promotes the development of permanent housing with on-site wraparound services focused on sustaining housing and individual well-being. We have embraced this model, which is why 95% of our veterans stay permanently housed. This means more than 200 local veterans have permanent housing and are no longer homeless.
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- Customized professional social services to sustain permanent housing.
- SMVC connects veterans with the means necessary to achieve long-term health, employment, and financial success.
- We provide a dignified place to live and opportunity for veterans to become their best selves. Professional staff are available to assist all veterans with a variety of issues, including employment, health challenges, mental illness, trauma and addiction treatment.
- We help veterans secure basic necessities such as food, household and personal care items.
Veteran Navigator Program
Building upon our housing permanency success, SMVC is thrilled to extend housing and services through our new Veterans Navigator (VetNav) program to support homeless veterans seeking permanent housing. The VetNav program was developed to create other community-based affordable housing options, while continuing to attract those individuals who want to live on the campus. Through this program, SMVC will work with up to 30 veterans at a time to address immediate housing needs. We expect that 90% of VetNav participants will find safe shelter and transitional housing within 30 days. Within six months, 50% of veteran participants will secure permanent housing.
SMVC is a vibrant community that takes care of its neighbors. This sense of community can be seen in the ways that residents take care of each other and their continued service to SMVC and our larger Kansas City community. We are a gathering place for all veterans, including those who want to give back to veterans in need. VetNav participants will also benefit from the SMVC campus resources, including the food pantry, the Dignity Closet (personal care and household items), the coffee shop, showers, laundry facilities and computers. But, more importantly, they can become part of our vibrant community that encourages mutual support and provides individuals a sense of purpose.
This new program is made possible through individual and corporate donations and through a contract with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, to manage HUD Emergency Solution Grant Program funds. If you would like to contribute to or get involved with this new program, please let us know.