Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)
CEO - Veterans Transitional Housing Program
The Commission on Economic Opportunity, in collaboration with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, operates a homeless veterans transitional housing program. This project provides transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans with serious mental health and substance abuse problems. A total of 14 male/female veterans can be served at one time.
The main goals are to help each veteran achieve greater self-determination, improved residential stability, and increased income and/or job skills. These goals are achieved through individual service plans that are developed by the case manager with the input of each individual client. Each veteran who consistently follows his/her service plan developed by a CEO case manager, complies with the service plan developed by the VA social workers, and follows all policy/procedures of the program will be in good standing and may be considered a successful graduate of the transitional housing program. Successful graduates of the program may be eligible for additional supportive services such as rental assistance, relocation allowance and home furnishings, depending on the individual veteran's need and the availability of funding. Individuals who qualify for this program must obtain a DD214 that states they have earned an honorable discharge. The time a veteran may participate in the transitional housing program cannot exceed 24 months.

This program’s role in the Luzerne County Continuum of Care is that of a transitional housing provider dedicated to specifically serving homeless veterans.
Provide safe and affordable housing
Develop a individualized service goal / treatment plan for each veteran
Provide case management services
Increase job skills and training
Improve income stability
Assist each resident to secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency.
Supportive Services
The Commission on Economic Opportunity works in conjunction with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide a comprehensive support environment. -
CEO manages the 15 one-bedroom apartment unit.
Commission on Economic Opportunity
Job training and employment assistance
Life skills training: basic home management, budget counseling and self-care skills
Case management: service plan development, referrals, coordination and advocacy to appropriate agencies to address needs
Housing counseling and referral plus continued follow up for 6 months after discharge
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Medical treatment and medication monitoring
Substance abuse treatment / counseling
Mental health treatment / counseling
Benefit entitlement: VA benefits and VA pension
165 Amber Lane
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Eligibility: Admissions Criteria

Must be an eligible veteran over the age of 18
Must be certified as being homeless
Must be drug and alcohol free for 30 days
Must be willing to follow and abide by all program rules and service planning
Hours: Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5 pm (Closed 12pn - 1 pm).
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (570) 826-0510 Main
  • (800) 822-0359 Toll-Free
  • (570) 826-0510 Main
Email Address:
Intake Procedure: Call Kermit Douglas, Program Manager CEO 570-826-0510
  • Transitional Housing/Shelter
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Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO)
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