The Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness

Averted glances, a quickened pace, avoidance of the issues before them; these are the ways many individuals typically react when they encounter one of the hundreds of homeless individuals throughout the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region.  

If you are currently homeless, or walking the delicate line between sheltered and homelessness, you need an advocate to help you navigate through the sea of programs and services that may be available to assist you. Whether your situation has been dictated by disability, addiction or circumstance, ARCH can help! ARCH fights to end homelessness in our region by coordinating and empowering the efforts of diverse charities, civic organizations, nonprofits and public institutions working to improve the homeless situation.

We provide a variety of services to these organizations, including: Technical Assistance; Consulting; Program Evaluation, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Education and Public Awareness Advocacy. Through the provision of these key services, ARCH is able to track results and help local groups qualify for needed state and federal funding.

Operation SAVE: Serving Appalachian Veterans Effectively

Those who served our country should not be cast aside and forgotten; yet the overwhelming majority of homeless in our region are military veterans. Supportive Services for Veteran and Families (SSVF) is a grant that assists veterans and their families to maintain stable housing or re-house homeless veteran families. Utilizing this grant, Operation Save is a short-term crisis response program used to address immediate housing needs and secure community supportive services for the veteran. Operation SAVE serves eight counties in Northeast Tennessee: Carter, Greene,  Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi; eight counties and two cities in Southwest Virginia: City of Bristol, City of Norton, Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington and Wise; and, six counties and two cities in Northwest Virginia: City of Harrisonburg, City of Winchester, Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren Counties.

ARCH offers the following services to veterans, based on eligibility and availability: 
•    Storage and/or moving expenses
•    First month’s rent/Rent deposits/Utility deposits
•    Car repair
•    Child Care
•    Assistance with public transportation
•    Employment-related expenses
Do you qualify?
If you, or someone you know is a veteran and homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, please contact ARCH, toll free at 877-754-VETS (8387), or visit one of our regional offices to confirm eligibility for these services.