Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans

The Center's Data Systems

"…to promote recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness."

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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Please

-- PDF Document 2011 PIT Estimates of Homelessness - Supplemental to the AHAR Report

-- PDF Document 2011 Veteran PIT Counts by Continuum of Care (CoC)

-- Powerpoint Document 2012 SSVF Housing Inventory Count (HIC) & Point-in-Time Count (PIT) Webinar

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