Commission on Economic Opportunity Wilkes- Barre
Veterans Transitional Housing Program - Commission on Economic Opportunity
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. Objectives 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
  • (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 * Veterans
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Commission on Economic Opportunity Wilkes- Barre
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