VA’s expectation is that homeless Veterans eligible for VA services are connected to care as quickly as possible and rapidly assigned to an intervention that will assist them in resolving their homelessness. While VA funded programs are allowed to conduct assessments and make direct placements into homeless assistance programs, this must be done in collaboration with the CoC. SSVF providers are encouraged to work closely with CoCs and the CE process to establish screening practices that facilitate rapid referrals when Veteran households present for services. Active collaboration and troubleshooting will produce improvements that have a positive impact not only for Veteran households but for all households that flow through CE. SSVF providers can review the entire document here.
The purpose of the survey is to help us to better understand community progress related to ending Veteran homelessness and the development of sustainable systems. The information gathered as a part of this survey will help the VA—along with HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)—tailor training and technical assistance so that it more effectively addresses local needs. Responses should be inclusive of the perspectives of the CoC (or the CoC’s official representative in cases where the Veteran Work Group/Subcommittee has been designated by the CoC to respond), Veteran Work Groups/Subcommittees, the VA Medical Center(s) homeless leadership covering the CoC, SSVF grantees, GPD grantees, and other Community Partners.
All SSVF grantees have been called to action and are required to develop community-based plans in order to leverage resources and community support in the fight against Veteran homelessness. These plans are completed with the wider Continuums of Care and may compliment and tie into existing community plans. Below are the links to different community plans that have been developed by SSVF grantees.
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