At Veterans Place, we uphold our promise to make veterans lives better by fulfilling our daily commitment to connect veterans to tools that will help them build better lives and become self-sufficient.
As part of this work, we develop strong community partnerships, bringing our collective networks and expertise to help veterans grow and thrive.
Sidney Singer, a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Post 718, to provide a safe haven where military veterans could continue their recovery from chronic mental illness, established veterans Place of Washington Boulevard in 1996.
Jewish War Veterans Post 718 purchased a parcel of blighted property with run-down row houses on Washington Boulevard. Over the next ten years, Sidney Singer fought tirelessly to raise over $2.5 million in government and foundation grants to transform the site into an administration/service building and 13 townhouses that can accommodate up to 48 veterans.
The townhouse renovations were completed and Veterans Place became the only single-room occupancy, transitional housing center for homeless vets in the region.
Veterans Place was overseen by a management company in cooperation with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System until the hiring of its first executive director in 2009.
In 2017 and again in 2020, Veterans Place received a three-year Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) grant from the Department of Labor, specifically designed to add evidence-based employment tactics that will help assist homeless and unemployed veterans.
Veterans Place began construction on the Veterans Resource Center to provide a welcoming and safe environment to our veterans.
Veterans Resouce Center renovations were completed. With support from Walmart, Kozi Media Design, and many others, Veterans Place Veterans Resource Center incorporated a smart classroom, food pantry, computer lab, laundry, and shower facilities for veterans that seek assistance.
Several blighted buildings were demolished to make room for current services offered at Veterans Place.