About Homeless Programs
In late 2009, VA announced an ambitious goal to end Veteran homelessness. The plan to address this urgent national priority was outlined in 2010’s Opening Doors, the first-ever federal strategic plan to end Veteran homelessness. As a result of VA’s close collaboration with local and national stakeholder organizations, success is occurring community by community. State and local governments across the nation have recently announced that they have ended Veteran homelessness, with more communities poised to achieve the same milestone.
The national picture has also improved. The 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count—a “snapshot” of homelessness on a given night in America—shows that homelessness among Veterans is down by nearly 50 percent since 2010, despite a slight increase in homelessness among Veterans between 2016 and 2017. Full strategy documents and results reports can be viewed in the resources listed below.
- 2007 – 2017 PIT Count Data
- Communities that have effectively ended Veteran homelessness
- VA Programs for Homeless Veterans Results fact sheet
- 2010 Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to End Veteran Homelessness
- 2018 (Updated) Federal Strategic Plan to End Veteran Homelessness
These gains aside, there is more work to do to address the many causes of homelessness among Veterans. VA and its partners are committed to identifying Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and putting them on the pathway to permanent housing.
Below, learn more about VA’s homeless programs and how to get involved. If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, refer him or her to a local VA Medical Center, where VA staff are ready to help. Veterans and their families can also contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET to be connected to VA services.
VA Pulse (VA Staff Only)
VA Homeless Intranet Site (VA Staff Only)