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National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (Center)

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National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (Center)

National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (Center) - REsearch - Mode Development Implementation - Program Integration - Education & DisseminationOur Vision

Be the leading national resource that integrates knowledge and solutions which address and prevent homelessness among Veterans

Our Mission

Promote knowledge and solutions to address and prevent homelessness among Veterans

The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (the Center) was established in 2009 and authorized through federal legislation in 2016 to:

    • Carry out and promote research into the causes of homelessness among Veterans
    • Assess the effectiveness of programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet the needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness.
    • Identify and disseminate best practices to address homelessness among Veterans through housing stabilization, income support, employment assistance, community partnerships, and other appropriate means.
    • Integrate evidence-based and best practices, policies, and programs into services provided by VA for Veterans experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness and provide guidance to VA staff and community partners in implementation.
    • Serve as a resource center for all research and training activities related to Veteran homelessness.

What We Do

The Center operates within an integrated organizational model, made up of the following key areas:

Research & Methodology
Conducts and supports research into the causes and contributing factors of Veteran homelessness, assesses the effectiveness of programs, and serves as a resource center for all research activities carried out by both federal and nonfederal entities with respect to Veteran homelessness.

Program Integration
Integrates evidence-based and best practices, policies, and services into VA programs for homeless and at-risk Veterans and ensures that VA staff and community partners can implement such practices, policies, and programs.

Model Development & Implementation 
Identifies, pilots, and tests the adoption of new and innovative practices and program designs in the provision of services for Veterans experiencing homelessness. Provides technical assistance on new and existing models and offers supportive services to guide the development and operation of programs as they transition to operational status.

Education & Dissemination
Provides education and training for VA and community partners and disseminates evidence- based and emerging best practices to address homelessness among Veteran populations. Serves as a resource center for training activities related to Veteran homelessness.

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10 Ways to End and Prevent Homelessness

10 Ways to End and Prevent Homelessness

Homeless Veterans Outreach Toolbox

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VA's Interagency and Cross-Cutting Initiatives to End and Prevent Veteran Homelessness

VA's Interagency and Cross-Cutting Initiatives to End and Prevent Veteran Homelessness
 
 

Published Research

The Problem of Veteran Homelessness: An Update for the New Decade. Tsai J, Pietrzak RH, Szymkowiak D. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Jun;60(6):774-780. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.12.012. Epub 2021 Feb 12. PMID: 33583678.

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2016: National Center on Homelessness among Veterans was established by section 713 of the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, 38 U.S.C. 101, PL 713

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U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH): USICH coordinates and catalyzes the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with senior leaders across its 19 federal member agencies.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV): NCHV is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH):  The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.

National Coalition for the Homeless: The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To end and prevent homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights are respected and protected.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC): NHCHC works with many partners and coalitions to advance their mission of ending homelessness.

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