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Serving Homeless Individuals and Families in Libraries: Veterans

Resources to support library staff's work with homeless patrons, including referral and resources to facilitate interpersonal interactions.

Veterans Administration (VA)

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877-424-3838) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Veterans talk privately with a trained VA counselor for free. Female veterans should ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

Rhode Island VA medical centers are staffed with social workers who can help.

Providence VA Medical Center
830 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-4738
Main Number: 401-273-7100
Mental Health: 401-273-7100 x3057
Website https://www.providence.va.gov/

Eagle Square VA Clinic
623 Atwells Avenue, Uncas Building
Providence, RI 02909-7403
401-273-7100

One Corporate Place
Middletown, RI 02842-6406
401-847-6239

Not in Rhode Island? Find the nearest Veterans Affairs location https://www.va.gov/find-locations/

Homeless Veterans Crisis Chat

Veterans in crisis, or anyone concerned about a veteran in crisis, can connect with qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for free, anonymous and confidential help. Many of the responders are veterans.

This service is private, free, and available 24/7. The Veterans Crisis Line is available to anyone, even if the person is not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

Veterans can chat online with a trained VA staff member

  • By phone: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
  • By text: 838255
  • For deaf and hard of hearing 1-800-799-4889

Veterans Affairs Resource Locator