VA Homeless Programs
Benchmarking Progress in Ending Veteran Homelessness, A USICH Initiative
Success in ending homelessness among Veterans is happening community by community. And measuring that success is now easier: Guidelines released by the United States Interagency Council on Homeless (USICH) help communities benchmark their progress toward ensuring that every Veteran has a place to call home.
Developed by USICH, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and VA, the guidelines serve as tools to help capture—at a community level—the accomplishments being made across the country to permanently house Veterans.
Communities nearing an end to Veteran homelessness can use the new tools to collect area-specific data. That information is then compared to the following criteria that USICH, HUD and VA agree lead to an end to Veteran homelessness:
- Identification by name of all Veterans experiencing homelessness
- Provision of shelter immediately to any unsheltered homeless Veteran who wants housing
- Provision of transitional housing with supportive services as a bridge to permanent housing in only the most limited number of cases
- Capacity to help Veterans swiftly move into permanent housing
- Systems in place to help homeless and at-risk Veterans in the future
The resulting information paints a unique, locally based picture of progress made in housing Veterans. The data illuminates accomplishments and pinpoints where efforts to end homelessness among Veterans are falling short.
To download, use and share the guidelines that can be used to end Veteran homelessness in your community, visit USICH’s What It Means to End Homelessness page.
Which localities have ended Veteran homelessness to date based on these guidelines? Get the latest news here.
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