Homeless Veterans Resources
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- National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
- Physical Disability Board of Review
- Project CHALENG
- Non-VA Resources for Assistance
- Opening Doors – Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
- Veteran Justice Outreach
- Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program
- Outreach Materials
- SOAR Works to End Veteran Homelessness: VA Caseworker’s Guide
National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is a forum to exchange new ideas; provide education and consultation to improve the delivery of services; and disseminate the knowledge gained through the efforts of the Center's Research and Model Development Cores to VA, other federal agencies, and community provider programs that assist homeless populations.
Physical Disability Board of Review
The Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides Veterans who are medically separated from military service between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, with the opportunity to have their disability ratings reviewed to ensure fairness, consistency and accuracy. The PDBR was created by the United States Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008.
In March 2014, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) issued guidance to Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and VA medical center staff across the country to notify eligible homeless and at-risk Veterans of the right to have their disability rating reviewed by the PDBR. VA staff also provided interested Veterans with the appropriate letters and forms. In approximately 25 percent of the cases reviewed by the PDBR (as of December 2011), the applicants were found to be eligible for a disability retirement. Through the PDBR process, eligible Veterans—including homeless Veterans—are provided with additional financial benefits that can assist them with securing stable housing and supporting their families, thus ultimately helping VA achieve the goal of ending homelessness among Veterans.
Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans' needs and to plan to meet those needs.
Non-VA Resources for Assistance
Webpage with links to various websites to other Federal and community resources that could be helpful to those who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
Opening Doors – Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
This Plan outlines an interagency collaboration that aligns mainstream housing, health, education, and human services to prevent Americans from experiencing homelessness. As the most far-reaching and ambitious plan to end homelessness in our history, this Plan will both strengthen existing partnerships—such as the combined effort of HUD and the Veterans Affairs to help homeless Veterans—and forge new partnerships between agencies like HUD, HHS, and the Department of Labor.
Veteran Justice Outreach
Veteran Justice Outreach provides eligible justice involved Veterans with timely access to VA’s mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.
Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program
The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through various supports, including those addressing mental health and substance use problems.
Informing the public about the availability of assistance for Veterans is essential to the success of this initiative.
View the Get Involved page to find downloadable materials and share them with your friends, family members, and colleagues.
SOAR Works to End Veteran Homelessness: VA Caseworker’s Guide
This guide aims to help VA workers put SOAR training into practice on behalf of Veterans who are homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The fact is that Veterans and others with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness often struggle to access available resources. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs that can provide assistance: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These programs have some similarities, but are different in key ways. Each application requires certain documentation; both are complex. SOAR is a training and technical assistance initiative created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and made available to case managers and social workers across the Federal Government and individual states. SOAR offers free tools and training to VA staff and other caseworkers nationwide to boost access to these benefits for people with disabilities who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, including Veterans. Use this guide to learn how SOAR works to end Veteran homelessness and then put SOAR training into practice on behalf of Veterans.
SQUARES gives users the ability to identify if someone is a Veteran, an essential first step that can lead to housing, benefits, health and mental health services. While SQUARES, by itself, cannot be used to establish eligibility for VA services, it should help facilitate access and coordination of services. To use SQUARES, you must register through the HMIS Homeless Repository database. Instructions on how to register and use SQUARES can be found in the training below.
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