Department of Veterans Affairs

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), along with its community partners, continues to make progress in prevention and treatment of Veterans experiencing homelessness.  VA and its dedicated staff that serve this population will not rest as long as there are any Veterans experiencing homelessness in our Nation.  The VA firmly believes that one Veteran experiencing homelessness is one too many.  The brave men and women who have served and continue to serve deserve no less.

VA is taking decisive action toward this goal of eliminating homelessness among our Nation’s Veterans.  To achieve this goal, VA has implemented the Five-Year Plan to End Homelessness among Veterans that will assist every eligible Veteran willing to accept services.  VA is helping Veterans acquire safe housing, secure needed treatment services, pursue opportunities to return to employment, and receive benefits assistance.  These efforts are intended to end the cycle of homelessness for Veterans and their families currently experiencing homelessness, and to prevent Veterans and their families from becoming homeless.  VA’s philosophy of “no wrong door” means that all Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness will have easy access to programs and services.  Any door a Veteran comes to – at a Medical Center, a Regional Office, or a community organization – will offer the Veteran assistance.

In September 2011, the Department of the Veterans Affairs released a fact sheet on the extent of homelessness among Veterans and all VA programs that assist Veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Read the VA's Fact Sheet

For all of the information on Veterans located on the USICH website, the easiest way to access this information is by heading to the Veterans population page. There, you will be connected to articles, blogs, and resources focused on ending homelesssness among Veterans. 

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VA Launches Campaign Building Momentum to End Veterans Homelessness by 2015

From our partners at the Department of Veterans Affairs: WASHINGTON – As part of its...

Improving Access to Disability Benefits Among Homeless Persons With Mental Illness: An Agency-Specific Approach to Services Integration.

Robert Rosenheck, Linda Frisman, and Wesley Kasprow April 1999 This study evaluated a joint initiative of...

Impact of Supported Housing on Clinical Outcomes

An-Lin Cheng, Haiqun Lin, Wesley Kasprow,  Robert A. Rosenheck January 2007 In 1992, the US Department...

Developing Programs for Homeless Veterans: Understanding Driving Forces of Implementation

John Nakashima, Jim McGuire, Stephen Berman and William Daniels February 2004 Between 1992 and 2003, services for homeless...

Developing programs for homeless veterans: understanding driving forces in implementation

John Nakashima 2004 Between 1992 and 2003, services for homeless veterans at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles...

Expanding Service Delivery: Does it Improve Relationships among agencies serving homeless people with mental illness?

James McGuire, Robert Rosenheck and Craig Burnette January 2002 Enhancing interagency services integration has been advocated...

Outcomes After Initial Receipt of Social Security Benefits Among Homeless Veterans With Mental Illness

Robert A. Rosenheck, David J. Dausey, Linda Frisman, and Wesley Kasprow December 2000 This study examines...

Cost-effectiveness of Supported Housing for Homeless Persons With Mental Illness

Robert Rosenheck, Wesley Kasprow, Linda Frisman, and Wen Liu-Mares September 2003 In 1992, the US Department of...

Veterans Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2010 AHAR Report

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development October 2011 HUD and VA published the second...

Veteran Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs December 2010 ...

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...

Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans

Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans is a supportive residential rehabilitation and treatment service center for...

Excess Property for Homeless Veterans Initiative

The Excess Property for Homeless Veterans Initiativeprovides for the distribution of federal excess personal property...

Healthcare for Homeless Veterans

The primary mission of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) is to connect Veterans...

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem

VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually (as funding permits)...

Homeless Veterans Dental Program

The Homeless Veteran Dental Program is a targeted program for Veterans experiencing homelessness as part...

Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH)

Participating VA medical centers (VAMCs) were selected based on factors such as the population of...

Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program

The Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program provides case management and employment counseling services to Veterans...

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are events that take place around the country that last one to three...

Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program works with nonprofit organizations to provide social services...

VBA’s (Veterans Benefit Assistance) Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers

The VBA’s Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program can assist homeless provider...

Veterans Benefits Assistance Outreach Program

Veterans Benefits Assistance Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinators (HVOCs) are located at 56 VA regional offices nationwide....

Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative

The Veterans Justice Outreach initiative limits the criminalization and unnecessary arrest of Veterans suffering from...

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