JCHA partnered with the Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness (ARCH) in 2013 to learn more about the homeless populations in our area. What resulted was Keystone Development Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization thorough which JCHA could directly address the plight of homeless youth and veterans.

Our Homeless Veteran Housing (HVH) program, now operating as part of Keystone Development Inc., provides for land purchases on which apartments can be built for housing homeless veterans. The program’s goal is to help homeless U.S. military veterans to obtain, and retain, permanent housing. During 2015, the first HVH project, Alan Court, a seven-unit apartment complex was completed. Additional housing construction is currently being planned on land already purchased on Baker Street near the Tweetsie Trail.

Veterans may be eligible to reside in the apartments if they are participating in the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) program. VASH is an initiative of the federal government that provides rental assistance and works in combination with veteran administration medical centers to provide supportive services and case management.

Locally, many of our HVH participants have been or are currently being treated through the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center at Mountain Home in Johnson City.

If you wish to provide support or know a veteran who could be helped through the HVH program, please contact the JCHA office at 423-232-4784.