Best Practices: Housing Options for Homeless and At Risk Veterans
Dec. 18, 2012
Successful Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) grantees know that housing stability promotes participants’ success in securing and maintaining employment. While some HVRP grantees are already connected to a wide variety of housing programs within their organizations or existing community contacts, many grantees struggle to navigate an increasingly complex network of resources available to support the housing needs of their program participants.
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. EST, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)’s Technical Assistance (TA) Center hosted the teleconference “Best Practices: Housing Options for Homeless and At Risk Veterans.” This Level I training provided an overview of federal and private housing resources for homeless and at-risk veterans. Two HVRP Best Practice grantees, Albany Housing Coalition and Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, discussed their strategies for managing several funding streams to benefit their program participants.
HVRP grantees must be able to connect participants to housing options that meet their needs and support their long-term employment and independent living goals. The availability of housing opportunities for homeless veterans, meanwhile, has shifted dramatically from the beginning of the Five-Year Plan. At that time, VA’s Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program was the largest and most accessible resource, the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program was often the only resource available for those needing supportive housing, and data was not yet reliable enough to ensure that homeless veterans were receiving equitable access to mainstream housing services through Continuums of Care.
To learn more about the Best Practices Project, download Best Practices Profiles of Promising HVRP Grantees (PDF) on the NCHV website.