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Bay Pines VA to host Homeless Veterans Summit June 14

June 13, 2013

BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will host a Homeless Veterans Summit on June 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place in the JC Cobb room located on the first floor of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

The purpose of the summit is to bring together key stakeholders and community partners with the goal of developing a synchronous working plan for addressing the needs of Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness residing in the Tampa Bay area as well as other communities served by the Bay Pines VAHCS.

"The VA offers the full spectrum of services for homeless Veterans. From housing and health care to rehabilitation and employment – we are here to support Veterans in a recovery oriented manner gain back living productive and meaningful lives," said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director Bay Pines VAHCS.

"An important part of our work to end Veteran homelessness involves our ability to forge lasting partnerships with federal, state and local agencies who share the same objective," Klinker explained. "Our annual Homeless Summit serves as a venue to not only build upon existing partnerships, but also to streamline our efforts to ensure all of our collective resources are being utilized efficiently to ensure the best outcomes for the men and women who served our country with honor and distinction."

During the event, VA officials and community experts will present information about new initiatives, such as Rapid Rehousing Accelerated Boot Camp goals to house 100 homeless Veterans in 100 days, and provide updates on homeless program services and VA benefits. Participants also will attend roundtable discussions to share ideas, suggestions, and concerns regarding how their communities are working together to help address the needs of Veterans who are homeless.

Nearly 100 people have committed to attending, and 150 guests are expected.

VA has a goal to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Plans involve programs and services organized into six pillars: Outreach & Education, Prevention, Treatment, Income/Employment/Benefits, Housing/Supportive Services and Community Partnerships.

To learn more about VA’s goal to end Veteran Homelessness, please visit To learn more about the Bay Pines VAHCS, visit or like us on Facebook at

Homeless Summit Event Details: 

What: 2013 Bay Pines VAHCS Homeless Veterans Summit
When: Friday, June 14, 2013, 1 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
JC Cobb room
Bay Pines VA Medical Center
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
Bay Pines, Fla. 33744

Note: This event is open to media. For advanced information, please contact Jason Dangel at 727-798-1531.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,500 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement. The healthcare system operates nine facilities, including the main medical center, located in Bay Pines, and outpatient clinics in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high-quality medical, psychiatric, and extended-care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.