Who We Are


At Veterans Place, we live in our promise to make Veterans lives better by fulfilling daily our commitment to connect Veterans to tools that will help them build better lives in order to 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.

History

Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard was established in 1996 by 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. Mr. Singer’s larger vision was to build a community for homeless veterans that would provide temporary housing and needed services to help veterans overcome barriers to productive, self-sufficient lives.

In 1998, Post 718 purchased a parcel of blighted property with run-down row houses on Washington Boulevard. Over the next ten years, Mr. Singer fought tirelessly to raise over $2.5 million in government and foundation grants to transform the site into an administration/service building and 12 townhomes that can accommodate up to 48 veterans at one time. In 2008, the  current townhomes were completed and Veterans Place became the only single-room occupancy, transitional housing center for homeless vets in the region. Mr. Singer also served as president of the Veterans Place board until his death in 2010.

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. The current executive director came on board in 2013, shortly followed by the engagement of a full-time director of operations. With new leadership in place, the overall objectives are to strengthen and expand current offerings for homeless veterans and to offer a robust slate of services that will help veterans reach the ultimate goal of permanent housing, self-sufficiency and independence.

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