Veterans Connect@ the Library

Veterans Connect@ the Library


Home loans, low-income housing and more

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Paget Center   Paget Center is a 12 bed short-term (up to 90 days) emergency housing program for homeless veterans.

Santa Cruz County Veterans Services Office   The Santa Cruz Veterans Service Office is a State and County funded agency, established in 1946 to assist veterans, military retirees, and their families in obtaining benefits earned by military service.

Santa Cruz Veterans Resource Center   To help reduce veteran homelessness and assist extremely low income veterans. Our goal is to obtain sustainable, permanent housing for our veterans and their families.


California Department of Veterans Affairs   The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 2 million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service.

CalVet Home Loans   CalVet offers a great home loan option for veterans purchasing homes in California. CalVet has expanded eligibility so that most honorably discharged veterans and active duty service member wanting to buy a home in California are eligible.


National Call Center for Homeless Veterans   Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2016 After the Military Handbook   This handbook provides links to resources and helpful information as you transition to civilian life.

Ebenefits   An online platform developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense that provides military veterans with tools necessary to apply for disability compensation, health care, education benefits, pension, housing, (includes specially adapted housing), home loans, low-cost life insurance, job search, resume building, military skill transfer, burial and funeral benefits.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2018   Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This booklet contains the most commonly requested VA benefits and services. This booklet is a brief overview of the commonly sought information concerning Veterans Benefits. For the most accurate information, Veterans and family members should visit the websites provided within this publication as regulations, payments, and eligibility requirements are subject to change. Also available in Spanish (PDF print version) via link.

HUD-VASH   HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs   The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loans   VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of our mission to serve you, we provide a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)   See what VA benefits are available today for OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans.

Vietnam Veterans of America San Jose Chapter   Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Inc., the only Congressionally Chartered National Veterans Organization devoted exclusively to Vietnam and Vietnam Generation Veterans, was founded in 1978 and received its Congressional Charter in 1986. The VVA provides leadership and education opportunities, as well as support and assistance in securing benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Swords to Plowshares   Founded in 1974 by veterans, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.

Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County   The mission of the Veterans Transition Center is to provide services for Monterey County's homeless Veterans and their families. By providing Veterans with transitional housing and case management programs, they will once again become employable, productive members of the community. VTC does not simply offer short term solutions to homelessness; it strives to better the lives of homeless Veterans, and aims to give them the tools they need to help themselves.

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