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Providing housing, advocacy, and mobile care for veterans

Merakey provides services to support men and women achieve their goals to be independent, safe, and contributing members of their communities.

Merakey has been proudly serving and employing Veterans in our programs for over 50 years. For 23 of those years, we have been providing Veteran-specific services to meet the unique needs and culture of the Veteran population we serve, such as in our Fresh Start Veterans housing programs in Philadelphia and Coatesville, PA.

Merakey serves thousands of Veterans every year. Our experienced staff, many of which are Veterans themselves, receive Veteran-specific training that includes information about VA healthcare and benefits and other important topics to help individuals meet their treatment goals. Over the years, Merakey and our Fresh Start programs have consistently demonstrated positive outcomes, received high commendation from Veterans Affairs (VA), and maintained long-lasting relationships with Veterans and their loved ones, even after discharge from programs.

Merakey has learned to successfully serve Veterans in our programs by developing and implementing Veteran-specific training, employing Veterans with shared experiences, understanding the complexities of VA healthcare processes and policies, and collecting and evaluating Veteran feedback to enhance the quality of services provided.

Our partnerships with the VA and the VA Mission Act give us the ability to expand our services geographically to Veterans in their homes.

Merakey provides Veteran-specific services, as well as services that are available to everyone.

Veteran-specificAvailable to everyone
  • Home Care (Download brochure for more info)
  • Veterans’ Hospital to Housing (Respite Care)
  • Veterans’ Service Intensive Transitional Housing
  • Veterans’ Bridge Housing
  • Veterans’ Low Demand Safe Haven (Harm Reduction Housing)
  • Veterans’ Emergency Residential Services
  • Transitional Housing for Veterans with Serious Mental Illness (VA HCHV Contracted Residential Services)
  • Substance Use Disorder (SUD),
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) & Outpatient
  • Mental Health Outpatient
  • Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health Case Management
  • Psychiatric & Psychological
Fresh Start Foundation, a Merakey program, achieved certification in PsychArmor, a well-known veteran training organization recognized by the Veterans Administration and the national veterans’ service continuum. Fresh Start Foundation received this certification in recognition of the dedication of their staff and volunteers, and their commitment to supporting veterans and the military community.


We Help With

  • Mental health challenges
  • Addiction
  • Homelessness

If you have questions about Merakey’s Veterans Assistance Services, please email vetservices@merakey.org.


Fresh Start Programs

Fresh Start housing and supportive service programs are for men and women with a history of homelessness, addiction, and/or varying degrees of behavioral health challenges. These services are provided in Philadelphia and Coatesville, PA.

Available In

  • Pennsylvania