The FY 2017 National Education Series
In Collaboration with VHA Employee Education System, VA’s National Center on Homeless among Veterans, Homeless Programs Office, VACO Presents: The FY 2017 National Education Series
Research Highlights - Summer, 2017
The Homeless Evidence and Research Synthesis (HERS) Roundtable Series
Rural Veterans and Homelessness
When the initiative to eradicate Veteran homelessness was launched in 2009, efforts and resources were focused in urban areas, where the problem was most visible. But poverty and housing problems are also major issues in rural settings. On June 22 the Center hosted its fifth Homeless Evidence and Research Synthesis virtual symposium where researchers, clinicians, service providers, and advocates discussed what homelessness and risk look like in rural areas, the particular needs and challenges of Veterans, and how the VA is addressing them. Go to the Center website for links to the webinar online and a list of questions and answers posted in the chatroom during the presentations. Written proceedings from the event will be available on the Center website in August.
Center Research Affiliates
The Center affiliated researcher group was established in 2016 to expand the scope and breadth of the Center’s research portfolio and place it in greater alignment with the priorities and needs of field staff and leadership within the Homeless Programs Office. This is a secondary affiliation that provides an opportunity to collaborate with like-minded investigators within VA and the Center on homeless-related projects, apply for intramural funding for operations focused rapid response analyses, and participate in ongoing cyber-seminars, research-in-progress presentations, and hosted conferences. You can find more information about the research group on the Center website.
The recent special issue in Psychological Services (Vol 14. Issue 2) Homelessness Among Veterans, Other Adults, and Youth features many authors affiliated with the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and is guest edited by Jack Tsai, PhD Center Research Affiliate and Thomas O’Toole, MD, Center Director. For a list of these and other recently published articles, go to the Center website.
Dennis Culhane, PhD, an internationally recognized social science researcher with primary expertise in the field of homelessness and assisted housing policy, has played a leadership role in the research activities of the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans since its inception in 2010. On June 2 the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans presented him with the Thomas Wynn, Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of a career that “reflects an exemplary devotion to bringing attention and services to homeless Veterans.” Dr. Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania. He is considered an early innovator in the use of administrative data for research and policy analysis, particularly for populations and program impacts which are difficult to assess and track. His work has influenced a national shift in how cities address homelessness and support the needs of people experiencing housing emergencies.
Questions or comments? E-mail us at Nora.Hunt-Johnson@va.gov.
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