Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG)
In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans' needs and to plan to meet those needs.
At the local level, VA medical centers and regional offices designate CHALENG Points of Contact (POCs) who are responsible to conduct annual meetings. These CHALENG POCs - usually local VA homeless center/project coordinators - work with local agencies throughout the year to coordinate services for homeless Veterans.
Veterans experiencing homelessness are the beneficiaries of all Project CHALENG programs.
CHALENG is funded through the Department of Veterans Affairs budget.