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  • Michigan Veteran Homes, housed within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, provides long-term skilled nursing care for veterans (and eligible family members) through a federal-state partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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Our History

We have a history of bringing more value to veterans

  • Today, state veteran homes represent one of the largest systems of long-term care providers in the U.S. Across the country (and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico), there are more than 150 homes and 30,000 beds – all welcoming those in need of skilled nursing care, domiciliary care and adult day health care. 

Here's how the tradition started

  • 1885: The Michigan Veterans' Facility Act authorizes the establishment of veterans' homes within the state
    Following the Civil War, legislation called for the establishment of a Michigan Soldiers Home, with the goal of providing housing, medical and nursing care to veterans.

  • 1886: The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is established
    On 90 acres of lands, experts built three main buildings, 19 additional buildings and a 5,000-grave cemetery. Over the following decades, the Grand Rapids Home would experience changes in membership, focus and physical structure. By the 1970s, the Home’s focus would shift to the provision of nursing care.

  • 1981: The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans is established
    With the addition of service men and women who served in the Vietnam War, the 1970s and early 1980s saw growth within the Michigan veteran population. To meet this growing need, a second home was opened in Marquette. Using the former St. Mary’s Hospital, this four-story building now occupies an entire city block.

  • 1991: Transfer of Governance 
    The two homes are transferred from the former Michigan Department of Public Health to the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs 

  • 1998: The VA begins increasing their support of and reliance on state veteran homes
    Even still, the country is seeing a significant increase in the number of state veteran homes and available bed space. This is due, in part, to the availability of VA construction grants.

  • 2015: A centralized management team is established to provide coordinated leadership of Michigan Veteran Homes 
    As a part of this, a CEO was appointed and tasked with overseeing and managing the care of those residing in our veteran homes.

  • 2016: The Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority is established
    Early that year, the Michigan Veterans Workgroup was asked to develop a plan for future veterans’ facilities services. Their assessment included a recommendation for the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority (a semi-autonomous organization housed within the DMVA) and the construction of additional modern veterans’ homes throughout the state.

  • 2019: Construction on two new homes begins 
    Construction at the two new veteran homes in Grand Rapids and Chesterfield Township is on schedule – expected to be completed and opened by mid-2021. Both sites will house 128 members in four home-like neighborhood buildings. Measuring more than 29,000 square feet, each building will include 32 resident rooms, outfitted with private bedrooms and bathrooms. They will also have a shared kitchen, dining facilities and living spaces. Plus, they’ll surround a 33,000-square-foot community center, which will house administrative offices, occupational and physical therapy spaces, and amenities like a multi-faith prayer room and café. 
    But our story doesn’t end here. By 2031, we’d like to ensure 95% of Michigan's residents have access to our services within 75 miles of their home. And you can help.

Legislation

In our great state, Michigan Veteran Homes is an institution

  • Discover the legislation that got us where we are, and will take us where we’re going.  

  • Michigan Veterans' Facility Act 152 of 1885
    The first Michigan Veteran Home opened over a century ago in Grand Rapids, as a response to the impact of the Civil War on the state’s population. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation establishing a Michigan Soldiers Home, with the goal of providing housing, medical, and nursing care to Veterans. Overseen by a six-member board of managers, the original building opened in 1886.

    Read the bill: Michigan Veterans' Facility Act 152 of 1885

  • Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Act 560 of 2016 
    The Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority is the governing board of Michigan Veteran Homes – established to help us transition to a more modern operating model. Providing new direction and focus, the MVFA supports our ambitious vision: to be one of the nation’s leading providers of long-term skilled nursing care and services for veterans.

    Read the bill: Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Act 560 of 2016

Contact

  • Michigan Veteran Homes
    at Chesterfield Township

    47901 Sugarbush Road
    Chesterfield Township, MI 48047
    Main Line: 586.210.7102
    Admissions: 586.210.7103
    DMVA-MVHCT-Admissions@michigan.gov

  • Michigan Veteran Homes
    DJ Jacobetti

    425 Fisher Street
    Marquette, MI 49855
    Main Line: 906.226.3576
    Admissions: 906.225.6889
    DMVA-DJJHV-Admissions@michigan.gov

  • Michigan Veteran Homes 
    at Grand Rapids

    3000 Monroe Ave NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Main Line: 616.364.5300
    Admissions: 616.345.6110
    DMVA-GRHV-Admissions@michigan.gov