HomeFirst met with incarcerated Veterans this week

Callie Gregg, HomeFirst VESP SC Outreach/Case Manager, spoke with incarcerated Veterans this past Monday and Tuesday at Mule Creek State Prison about services and an exit plan for housing HomeFirst can offer them once they are released.

The Veterans also learned about SB-776, which just passed in CA, and allows incarcerated Veterans to file for claims. "How cool is it that when these clients come out of prison they will already possibly have an income vs. us having to wait for the process to get started once they are released and at HomeFirst," shared Callie.

Callie (middle) is pictured with co-speakers Patrick L. Merrill, LCSW Incarcerated Veteran Re-Entry Specialist from the VA in Sierra Nevada HCS and Mary Donovan Veterans Claim Analyst- CDCR Liaison from CalVet in Oakland.

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HomeFirst Veteran Housed in 35 days!!!

Anyone up for happy housing news this rainy afternoon?

Veteran Larry Clear, 70, entered the BRC shelter in late October and is now HOUSED only after 35 days, which is not only fast but so amazing!!!

"Larry is the most go-getter ever and utilized every resource and more offered to him," said Callie Gregg, HomeFirst VESP SC Outreach/Case Manager. "He really is the reason I am in this position because ANYONE can fall on hard times but with a little extra support from HomeFirst he is able to be back on his feet."

Larry worked directly with Callie, VESP Housing Specialist Jose Toledo and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

Great job everyone, and congratulations Larry on your new home, going to school FT to become a substance abuse counselor and working at the VA in Palo Alto!!!