Serving Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

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Continuum of Care (CoC)
The Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses its Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)programs to help people with mental and substance use issues find housing and supportive services.

Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL)
Veterans Affairs (VA)Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) is an important component of both VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness and the departments overall asset management program. Through this program, VA out-leases underutilized real estate under its jurisdiction or control to the private sector for up to 75 years for the purpose of developing supportive housing for homeless and at risk Veterans and their families. Through this innovative portfolio management tool, Veterans are provided with an expanded range of services that would not otherwise be available on medical center campuses.

Find Shelter
A Find Shelter tool provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This tool can help find information about housing, shelters, health care, and clothing resources within communities across the country.

Grantee Contact Information
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grantees receive funding from HUD to support HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD grantees include state and local governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and tribal entities.

Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV)
The Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program is designed to promote success and prevent homelessness among Veterans returning home after incarceration by performing outreach and pre-release assessments services for Veterans in prison; making referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release; and conducting short-term case management assistance on release.

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Programis offered annually (as funding permits) by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs to fund community agencies providing services to homeless Veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
The Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program  is a collaborative program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) which combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

HUD Exchange
An online platform where program information, guidance, services, and tools to HUD community partners are provided, including state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, Continuums of Care (CoCs), Public Housing Authority (PHAs), tribes, and partners of these organizations.

Make the Connection
Learn more about experiencing homelessness, treatment options, self-help tools, and resources available for homeless veterans at:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
This act contains the definition of homelessness. This definition is used to determine if a veteran is homeless and therefore eligible for certain programs.

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs)
The Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs) are designed to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality residential rehabilitation and treatment services for Veterans with multiple and severe medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psychosocial deficits. The MH RRTP identifies and addresses goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration in addition to specific treatment of medical conditions, mental illnesses, addictive disorders, and homelessness.

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, they can visit their closest Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center without calling in advance.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors. It is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state, and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid, and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

Point-In-Time: 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR): Part 1 – Point-In-Time (PIT) Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.
This report outlines the key findings of the 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2022. Specifically, this report provides 2022 national, state, and Continuum of Care (CoC)-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth.

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Methodology Guide
This guide provides Continuums of Care (CoC) with standards and guidance concerning acceptable methodologies and approaches to conducting Point-in-Time (PIT) counts of homeless people.

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans, including Veterans, without safe, stable housing. It is one of the tools used to assess progress each year toward Veterans Affairs (VA) priority goal of ending homelessness among Veterans.

Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses its Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center as a national resource to support states, territories, and local communities in strengthening their capacity to address the behavioral health needs of military and veteran families.

Stand Down Grants
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and Veterans Affairs (VA) Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, the Department of Labor (DOL), other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)program award grants to selected private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that will assist very low-income Veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees will provide a range of supportive services to eligible Veteran families that are designed to promote housing stability.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) leads the national effort to prevent and end homelessness in America. They currently drive action among 19 federal member agencies and foster partnerships at every level of government and with the private sector.

Vets@Home Toolkit: Identifying and Engaging Homeless Veterans
This toolkit provides information on best practices to identify and engage veterans experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance and resources to assist mayors, local officials, communities, and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to put goals and processes in place to end veteran homelessness.

Veteran Rapid Retraining and Employment Assistance (VRRAP)
The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) program offers up to 12 months of training and employment assistance (in addition to a limited housing allowance) for veterans who are unemployed due to the pandemic to enter high-demand occupations.