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Homeless Programs Overview, Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group Summit

By: VA’s Center for Women Veterans, Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group Summit

Held every four years, the National Summit on Women Veterans Issues focuses on current initiatives for women veterans, issues of concern to the women veterans community, and on how these issues might be addressed through legislative, programmatic and outreach activities. The Center for Women Veterans sponsored the first National Summit on Women Veterans Issues in 1996.

Overview of Homeless Programs

There are 25 million US military veterans in the United States.

More than 5 million veterans including 100,000 homeless veterans receive health care service annually.

More than 70,000 veterans receive specialized VA homeless services.

VA has awarded funding to more than 500 community and faith based organizations to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds under the Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program

40,000 veterans were seen through outreach in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program with a total of 245,857 outreach visits

4% Female Homeless Veterans

2,000 operational beds for the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program (DCHV); 5,913 veterans received treatment

4.7% Female Homeless Veterans

15,408 veterans were admitted to a community-based Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program during 2007.

6.6% Female Homeless Veterans

There are eight (8) women veteran special needs GPD programs

There are (8) Homeless Women Veterans Programs (HWVP)

859 OEF/OIF homeless veterans were seen through outreach efforts in FY’07 (1819 during the past 3 years).

261 veterans were placed or discharged from a VA or community-based residential treatment program in FY’07 (556 during the past 3 years).

11% of veterans seen are women

Homeless Veterans Initiatives: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program

Top Three Funding Priorities in GPD Programs FY08

Women, to include women with dependent children
Vermont, Nebraska, Alaska
Indian Tribal Governments

Homeless Veterans Initiatives Healthcare for Re-Entry Program

Incarcerated Veterans Outreach

Department of Justice estimates 60,000 veterans will be eligible for release from federal or state prison annually

Incarcerated Veteran Outreach Initiative

In FY 2007, 39 Full-time Re-entry Specialist were hired; 18 additional Specialist will be hired in FY08

Incarcerated Veterans’ Transitional Program (IVTP)

Seven pilot sites for this program was funded by VA and the Department of Labor. 4,000 veterans were assessed prior to release and 54% were successful with obtaining employment

Homeless Veterans Initiatives

Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Administration Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH)

In FY08, VA expanded a permanent housing initiative in partnership with Housing and Urban Development to create 10,000 new units of veteran specific Section-8 housing with VA case management services.

VA will hire 290 case management staff to provide services to veterans placed in the program.

The new HUD-VASH initiative adds new capacity in every state. VA will target veterans with families including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Focusing on the Needs of Women and Families
Female veterans more likely to experience severe housing cost burden
The HUD/VASH program allows VA to strengthen support to families

Our Mission is To Change The End of the Story

For homeless veterans debilitating physical and mental health issues leave many without hope. VA in collaboration with entities of government, community and faith-based service providers, is changing the end of the story for tens of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

With the assistance of our community partners, the percentage of veterans among the homeless are declining.

Over 80% of homeless veterans in residential programs were appropriately housed one year after discharge from transitional programs.


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“At the end of life we will not be judged by the number of diplomas we have received, how much money we have, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.’” -- Mother Teresa