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Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans

Data about Homeless Veterans

Data about Homeless Veterans

CHALENG, AHAR Supplemental Chapter on Veterans, PIT & HMIS information, VA Homeless Management Evaluation System (HOMES)

One of the guiding principles of the VA's Plan to End Veteran Homelessness and the PDF Document Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness is the development of evidence-based interventions with measurable outcomes. In pursuit of this principle, the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (the National Center) has placed a central focus on developing a better understanding on

  • what places Veterans at-risk for homelessness;
  • what are the needs of homeless Veterans;
  • what works in ending homelessness and promoting housing stability.

Comprehensive, integrated, easy to use data systems will offer the tools essential to both national planners and community providers. Such data resources will aid through its ability to shed light on the needs of Veterans and identify the services that will promote their housing stability. The National Center understands that local VA and community providers need to tailor services to meet the needs of the Veterans they serve. Likewise, national planning requires an understanding of what interventions should be supported as the most likely to reduce homelessness quickly and efficiently.

The National Center is employing a variety of strategies to meet this objective.

  1. The VA and HUD have collaborated to produce a Special Supplemental Chapter on Veterans to the PDF Document Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). This Chapter, published January 2011, will in future be released as a chapter in the regular AHAR. It will produce a single federal estimate on homelessness among Veterans, replacing previous estimates released by HUD and the VA, through its annual CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) report.
  2. VA and HUD are working together to improve the accuracy of the PDF Document Point-In-Time (PIT) count conducted in the last 10 days of January. This count is the basis for the annual estimate of homelessness among Veterans.
  3. The VA is working with HUD to integrate its data system on homelessness with HUD's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as indicated by PDF Document VA Directive. This effort has included technical assistance, conducted with support from Abt Associates, for VA staff and those community organizations receiving VA grants (Powerpoint Document HMIS PowerPoint Training).
  4. In addition to the HMIS PowerPoint training described above, VA funded community providers (such as Grant and Per Diem grantees) may find the following resources useful as they start the HMIS process.
    -- VA HMIS National Training Call -- Word Document VA HMIS Program Specific Data Collection Training Guide
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Program Specific Intake Template (Note: template does not include HIV/AIDS and substance use questions, but adds Veteran Discharge Status and Era Served)
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Program Specific Exit Template
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Universal Data Collection Training Guide
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Universal Intake Template
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Universal Exit Template
    -- Word Document VA HMIS Resource Guide
  5. The National Center is developing interfaces available to the public that can aid in identifying both the scope of homelessness and the potential pool of Veterans who might be at-risk of becoming homeless. These maps [coming soon] can help communities better understand local needs.
  6. One continuing example of assessing these needs is the VA's national effort to ask homeless and formerly homeless Veterans what they thought was important through CHALENG. In 2010, over 12,000 of homeless and formerly homeless Veterans shared their opinions.
  7. New VA HMIS Information:

VA Homeless Management Evaluation System (HOMES)

HOMES is a vital component of a new VA homeless Registry that will offer a real-time resource for service providers, policy makers, administrators, and researchers. The Registry will provide numerous benefits including the ability to track the care of homeless Veterans; evaluate the effectiveness of interventions; target resources that can be used to prevent homelessness; identify best practices; and incorporate data collected through HUD's national Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database. The Registry will provide a facility, VISN, and national-level snapshot of progress towards the VA's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness among Veterans.

External Link Webinar Overview of HOMES

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