The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
That is the purpose of the Stand Down for homeless veterans, and achieving those objectives requires a wide range of support services and time. The program is successful because it brings these services to one location, making them more accessible to homeless veterans.
In July 2002, the founders of Stand Down – Robert Van Keuren, Dr. Jon Nachison and Vietnam Veterans of San Diego – asked the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) to become the “keeper of the flame” and provide national leadership for the movement. Since the first Stand Down in San Diego in 1988, the program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help homeless veterans in the nation today.
Stand Down Guide
Information about the history of Stand Down, essential program components, event classifications, and how to organize and develop a Stand Down program for your community.
Stand Down Overview
Brief document that highlights Stand Down's background, desired outcomes, development models and services and offers possible partners and funding resources.
Stand Down Promising Practices
This Promising Practices Guide contains experience, guidance, and best practices condensed from 20 surveys completed by expert organizations that serve as the heartbeat of Stand Down events throughout the year. This guide offers a snapshot of how several successful HVRP grantees and their partners working in employment services have been able to develop and execute Stand Down events across the country.
Stand Down Dates and Timelines
Brief document describing the basic timeline for hosting a Stand Down, from responding to the Federal Register Notice to submitting reports.
Stand Down Allowable and Unallowable Expenses
A current list of what expenses are allowable using federal funding, and what expenses are unallowed.
2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form
To include your Stand Down event in the national registry and NCHV’s newsletter and website, please complete the 2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (202) 546-2063 or (888) 233-8582.
After Action Report
Once your event has concluded please fill out the After Action Report. The information on this form is used by NCHV and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to compile an annual report on Stand Down programs that provide outreach and supportive services to homeless veterans. If you have questions or need assistance with this report, contact email@example.com or (202) 546-1969.
Your local VA Stand Down contact has instructions available to service providers regarding requesting DOD surplus for Stand Down events. Please contact them for further information and guidance.
To have your Stand Down information listed on our website, please download and fill out the above 2016 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form.
A - Stand Down (3- or 4-day event with shelter)
B - Homeless Veterans Resource Fair (2-day event)
C - Homeless Veterans Resource Fair (1-day event)
D - Homeless Veterans Health Fair (1-day event)
E - Homeless Veterans Job Fair (1-day event)
F - Other Event
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|Jan. 13, 2017||A||Tucson||AZ||T.J Rizzuti||(520) 792-1450 x4164|
|Bruce Hamilton||(623) 687-5552|
|Jan. 14, 2017||C||Cleveland||OH||Nellie Rogers||(330) 761-7054 x2016|
|Kathleen Penman||(216) 391-0264 x2028|
|Jan. 17, 2017||C||Adrian||MI||Shawn Dowling||(734) 845-5058|
|Stephanee Swanson||(734) 845-5058|
|Jan. 21, 2017||C||Ft. Myers||FL||Blossom Kapper||(727) 398-6661 x17829|
|Jan. 27, 2017||A||Harrisburg||PA||Keisha Kerr||(717) 926-0894|
|Jan. 27, 2017||A||Vista||CA||Robert West||(858) 336-6098|
|Jan. 28, 2017||C||Idaho Falls||ID||Sy Williams||(208) 530-0666|
|Jan. 28, 2017||C||Oregon City||OR||Gina Thomas||(503) 650-5631|
|Tasha Sloan||(971) 200-0351|
|Jan. 28, 2017||C||Washington||DC||Kevin Morton||(202) 745-8000 x5-7302|
|Feb. 9, 2017||A||Phoenix||AZ||Jeff Willgale||(602) 339-2695|
|Feb. 18, 2017||C||Milwaukee||WI||Robert Hawkins||(414) 379-1221|
|Roy Bishop||(414) 384-2000 x43583|
|Feb. 24, 2017||C||Monroe||LA||Alice King||(318) 990-4404|
|March 3, 2017||B||Bullhead City||AZ||Dorn Patrick Farrell||(928) 716-3001|
|Myron Nieszczur||(928) 718-7368|
|March 11, 2017||C||White River Junction||VT||Linda Neily||(802) 295-9363 x5769|
|April 8, 2017||C||Bay Pines||FL||Blossom Kapper||(727) 398-6661 x17829|
|April 22, 2017||C||Sarasota||FL||Blossom Kapper||(727) 398-6661 x17829|
|April 28, 2017||C||St. Cloud||MN||Tanya Greene||(320) 252-1670 x6169|
|May 5, 2017||C||San Mateo||CA||Tephiny Jones||(650) 802-5090|
|Derek McGinnis||(650) 906-4426|
|May 17, 2017||C||Atlantic City||NJ||Kenneth Gorski||(302) 994-2511 x2814|
|May 23, 2017||A||Roseville||CA||Ellie Ramsey||(916) 969-0320|
|Tony Solis||(916) 969-0320|
|June 23, 2017||C||Buffalo||NY||Sean Lindstrom||(716) 862-8885|
|Aug. 24, 2017||A||Marysville||CA||Mike Nichols||(530) 749-1036|
|Tristan Ring||(925) 372-2455|
|Sept. 22, 2017||C||Greensboro||NC||Shanna Reece||(336) 275-8585 x301|
|Bruce McKenna||(704) 310-9113|
|Oct. 26, 2017||A||Anderson||CA||Bobby Walden||(530) 899-6331|
|Oct. 27, 2017||C||St. Cloud||MN||Tanya Greene||(320) 252-1670 x6169|
|Nov. 4, 2017||C||Kenosha||WI||Brad Behling||(262) 638-6667|