U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Homeless Veterans Outreach
VA’s collaborations with organizations like the National Apartment Association (NAA) are essential to achieving our shared national goal of ending homelessness among Veterans.
In a recent speech to NAA’s board, I was pleased to highlight all that these strong, productive partnerships have accomplished so far and discuss ways that NAA members can continue to help us reach the day when homelessness among Veterans is rare, brief and nonrecurring.
In addition to the support of our government, nonprofit and corporate allies, evidence-based strategies like Housing First and programs such as Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) are helping thousands of Veterans get and stay housed. Last year, 60,000 Veterans were saved from eviction by SSVF and 63,000 Veterans are housed right now under HUD-VASH.
Here are just some data points that highlight our progress to date:
- Since 2010, overall Veteran homelessness is down by 36 percent nationally.
- To date, 23 communities and two states have put systems in place to house every Veteran identified as in need and many more jurisdictions will soon follow suit.
- In 2015, VA’s specialized homeless programs served roughly 365,000 homeless or at-risk Veterans.
- READ THE REST AT THE NAA’S APTLY BLOG: http://www.naahq.org/read/aptly-spoken-blog/veterans-affairs-homeless-veterans-outreach