Veterans

The Obama Administration has committed to ending veterans' homelessness, but it will need improved policy to make that goal a reality.

The Obama Administration has committed to ending veterans' homelessness, but it will need improved policy to make that goal a reality. The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the latest national data on veteran homelessness at a single point in time. The data collected show that as of January 2014, there were 49.933 veterans experiencing homelessness on any given night. This number represents a tremendous 33 percent decrease in veteran homelessness since 2010, including a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of unsheltered homeless veterans.

The Obama Administration and VA have made ending veteran homelessness a top priority and Congress has largely followed suit in providing their own support and sufficient funding for key programs. In order to truly end homelessness among veterans, resources must be available to identify every veteran who is homeless or about to become homeless. Programs must be able to secure the needed housing and services immediately for individuals and/or their families.

The key elements of a solution to veterans’ homelessness include:

  • Permanent supportive housing with a Housing First approach;
  • Temporary housing/services and re-housing;
  • Rapidly re-housing homeless and at-risk veterans;
  • Assessing housing status at discharge and afterwards; and
  • More affordable housing options.

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Advocacy Resource | December 8, 2014
This brief describes needed legislative activity around the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) homeless veteran programs in the upcoming 114th Congress. The Alliance and its national partners will be advocating for these changes to improve the effectiveness of VA’s efforts to end veteran homelessness.
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Federal Policy Brief | February 12, 2014
This resource looks at new Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) funding opportunities. It provides tips for Continuums of Care (CoCs) to use in selecting an organization to receive Priority 1 funding under the new NOFA.
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Webinar | December 13, 2012
Orginally aired on Wednesday, December 12, this webinar explains the application process for grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. In addition to discussing rapid re-housing basics, and the application process, speakers provide helpful advice on program design and give pointers for creating an effective application.