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Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

"Promoting data-driven, evidence-based solutions to end Veteran homelessness."

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV) works to promote recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness by developing and disseminating evidence-based policies, programs, and best practices.  Established in 2009, the Center supports the implementation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)'s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans, which stems out of Opening Doors - Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.  NCHAV's work is integrated and organized around four core activities:

  • Policy Analysis
  • Model Development & Implementation
  • Education & Dissemination
  • Research & Methodology

Specifically, the Center examines the prevalence of homelessness among Veterans, what services homeless Veterans use, and which programs most effectively serve them.  The Center also identifies Veterans who are at-risk of homelessness and determines how to successfully intervene to improve their housing stability.  Through a series of studies, NCHAV is producing a more accurate and reliable estimate of Veteran homelessness, investigating the demographic make-up of this population, and determining where they reside.  In addition, the Center is uncovering the factors that predict homelessness among Veterans; developing and implementing evidence-based interventions in housing, healthcare, and supportive services; formulating policy recommendations; and disseminating findings and training opportunities.


The Center embraces and practices ICARE, the core values of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.






The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work - they define "who we are" - and form the underlying principles we will use every day in our service to Veterans.

Integrity: Act with high moral principle.  Adhere to the highest professional standards.  Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries.  Be driven by an earnest belief in VA mission.  Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect:  Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect.  Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement.  Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.


NCHAV is located in Philadelphia and works in collaboration with the Directors of the VISNs for Regions 4 and 8 and the Philadelphia and Tampa VA Medical Centers.  The Center's primary academic partner is the University of Pennsylvania.  Center satellites are also operating in Tampa, Florida in collaboration with the University of South Florida, and in Bedford, Massachusetts in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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