Domain 3: Homeless Programing, Interventions, and Design Policy - VA Homeless Programs
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Domain 3: Homeless Programing, Interventions, and Design Policy


Domain 3: Homeless Programing, Interventions, and Design Policy

The country’s response to the homeless issue and how this response led to policy decisions and program designs; VA’s response from a historical perspective and how this led to current program designs, as well as differences between practice-informed and evidence-based program models; current principles of various approaches to care and overlap with wider VA services; development of program models and continuity among programs.  Fifteen (15) competencies are included under this sub-heading.

  • Understanding of origins of homeless programs 
  • Understanding of Recovery- and Veteran-Centric approaches to care
  • Working knowledge of the laws, regulations, and precedence for homeless programs
  • Knowledge of authorities to implement programs and funding sources (grants, contracts, specialized funding)
  • Understanding of program designs and interventions for homeless populations and the underlying theories behind them
  • Understanding of evidence-based practices and practice-informed care
  • Understanding of new and emerging practices
  • Understanding of Coordinated Entry
  • Understanding of ICARE principles in Homeless Programs
  • Understanding of Harm Reduction and low demand principles of care
  • Understanding principles of Housing First
  • Understanding of prevention of homelessness, and Rapid Re-housing
  • Understanding of creating Trauma-Informed environments of care
  • Understanding of working with Peers using a team approach
  • Understanding of how to develop constructive and effective relationships with Peers


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