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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. 

Go to the Veterans population page

Good News from Philadelphia: Coordinated Services Produce Results

All In to End Veteran Homelessness City Swing: Tucson

All In to End Veteran Homelessness City Swing: Las Vegas

All In On Ending Veteran Homelessness: We Stand Together

Coordinated Entry System to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Tucson

Federal Partners Move Forward on HMIS Alignment & Integration, Announce MOU on Roles & Responsibilities

Building Blocks to Success: Community-Wide Partnerships and Commitments Drive Success in Central Florida

The New Orleans Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness

Good News from San Diego: Rapid Re-Housing Helps Veteran Get Back on Track

Early Childhood and HUD Working Together to End Family Homelessness

Data Drives Results: Take Down Targets Help Communities Zero in on Ending Homelessness

Veteran Homelessness in Virginia: The Ending of a Story Just Beginning

At White House, Mayors Strategize on Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

Optimizing Community Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

Good News from Washington, DC

The President’s 2016 Budget Invests in What Works to End Homelessness

#PITCount 2015

New Orleans Ends Veteran Homelessness One Year Ahead of Goal

The Year in Review

Lessons Learned from Developing Coordinated Entry Systems: Richmond and Los Angeles

As a Grateful Nation, We Must End Homelessness among Veterans

Good News from New Orleans: Federal and Community Collaboration Helped Transform This Veteran’s Life

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Announces Ambitious Plan to End Veteran Homelessness

Supportive Services for Veteran Families: A Powerful Tool to Keep Veterans and Their Families Home

Communities Come Together to Discuss Coordinated Entry

Your Input Is Essential to the Ongoing Success of Opening Doors

Four Clarifications about Housing First

101,628 People Are Now in Safe and Stable Homes!

In One Year, New Orleans Reduced Veteran Homelessness by 43%, Chronic Homelessness by 30%

Federal Partners Release Final 2014 HMIS Data Standards

Finding Hope, a Home, and a Future

Aligning Assets Towards the Goal: A Blog from VA’s Tom O’Toole on the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (HPACT)

Reflections from the Streets of Hollywood

What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - October 29-November 2


Veterans Experiencing Homelessness a ‘stain on our nation’

By Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Right now, in communities across our nation, there are...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Initiative Targets 45,000 Homeless and At-Risk Vets and Families in High Need Communities Secretary of Veterans...

HUD-VASH Program to Expand into Native American Communities for the First Time

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that...

HUD and VA Team Up to Help Additional 2,000 Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes

$13.5 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to build on national effort to end veteran homelessness WASHINGTON –...

VA seeks nominations for Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans members

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs, is seeking nominations...

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...

The President’s 2016 Budget: Fact Sheet on Homelessness Assistance

President Obama’s 2016 Budget demonstrates his deep commitment to ending homelessness. The Budget makes...

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...

We’ve entered a new era of homelessness policy: the era of local problem-solving systems

Remarks delivered by Richard Cho, USICH Senior Policy Director, at the Arizona Coalition to End...