The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking potential contractors to operate a new shelter for homeless veterans in the Black Hills. According to the Rapid City Journal, the VA posted a “request for information” last week.
The shelter, which could open as early as September of this year, will likely be in Sturgis or Rapid City, and must accommodate 10-12 veterans for 60-90 days at a time, as well as providing case-management services. The goal of the shelter would be to help prepare homeless veterans to live independently. The shelter would also potentially provide mental-health and substance abuse treatment options and important life-skills trainings for area veterans.
The VA plans to begin soliciting bids from contractors in July - contractors would also be responsible for providing the physical location of the shelter. Matthew Dale, a contract specialist for the VA, will review responses in order to gauge the capabilities of the community. If you are interested in replying to the information request, email [email protected] by March 4.
Read more about veterans affairs on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.