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HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Vouchers
Federal Policy Brief | April 11, 2013
More than 62,600 veterans, or about 10 percent of people experiencing homelessness, are homeless on a given night, according to the most recent data from HUD. At the most recent point-in-time count in January 2012, 44 percent of homeless veterans were unsheltered. Many of the veterans experiencing homelessness are chronically homeless, meaning that they have been on the streets for a long period of time or have had multiple homeless episodes.
Typically, veterans experiencing chronic homelessness have severe physical or mental disabilities, or have chronic substance abuse problems. Individuals who experience chronic homelessness typically require permanent supportive housing – housing linked with intensive supports such as those provided by the HUD-VASH program – to help them maintain housing stability. A number of studies have demonstrated that permanent supportive housing is a cost-effective approach that helps people who have intensive needs maintain stable housing, and some evidence shows that once back in housing they are likely to access health and substance abuse treatment. The HUD-VASH program has placed more than 70,000 into permanent supportive housing at last count.