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.
2014 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 2014 Stand Down Notice of Proposed Event Form and e-mail it to Phillip Stringfield at 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 Phillip Stringfield at email@example.com or (202) 546-1969.
VA has made detailed instructions available to service providers requesting surplus for Stand Down events (to be approved by your local facility HCHV coordinator or VA employee Stand Down point of contact). Please click here to access this set of instructions. The attachments needed to complete this process are included below.
To have your Stand Down information listed on our website, please download and fill out the above 2014 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 24, 2015||C||Cleveland||OH||Barbara Karam||(216) 203-2855|
|Jan 27, 2015||C||Aberdeen||SD||Pat Moore||(605) 940-9852|
|Jan 29, 2015||C||Waco||TX||Michael Ormsby||(254) 379-0532|
|Jan 31, 2015||C||Ft. Myers||FL||Janet Bartos||(239) 322-6600|
|February 12, 2015||B||Phoenix||AZ||Esther Thomas||(254) 379-0532|
|February 21, 2015||C||Lancaster||CA||Michael Johnson||(310) 478-3711 x4078|
|February 21, 2015||C||Milwaukee||WI||Roy Bishop||(414) 384-2000|
|Robert Hawkins||(414) 379-1221|
|February 27, 2015||B||Ocala||FL||Dale Elize||(352) 548-1800|
|March 5, 2015||A||Bullhead City||AZ||Lee Elder||(928) 718-7300 x7336|
|March 23, 2015||C||Scottsbluff||NE||Jamison Hild||(605) 720-7161|
|April 11, 2015||C||Oakhurst||CA||James Lujan||(559) 225-6100 x5764|