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This section will highlight major reports related to homeless veterans and other relevant topics, as well as guides and workshops that will help your business better understand military culture. Click on the links below to jump to the applicable section.



Opening Doors
Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. The report presents 10 objectives that serve as a roadmap for joint action by the 19 U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness member agencies along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors. Objectives 1, 5, and 9 are particularly relevant for businesses.

The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
AHAR is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. Each year a supplement is released, in conjunction with the AHAR, specifically addressing veterans. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.

Veteran Access to Housing Portal
The portal presents information on how businesses, community-based organizations, and local, state and federal agencies can utilize abandoned and foreclosed properties to help bring an end to veteran homelessness.

Project CHALENG Report
The Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education, and Networking Groups (CHALENG) for veterans is a nationwide initiative in which VA medical center and regional office directors work with other federal, state, and local agencies and nonprofit organizations to assess the needs of homeless veterans, develop action plans to meet identified needs, and develop directories that contain local community resources to be used by homeless veterans.

Each year Project CHALENG publishes a report summarizing the results of annual surveys of both local VA staff and community participants (local government, service providers, formerly and currently homeless veterans). These surveys ask for current perceptions of homeless veterans' needs, the degree of VA/community cooperation and collaboration in serving homeless veterans, and progress on local homeless veterans’ program initiatives.

Pew Research Center – The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life
This report examines the challenge of transitioning from the military into civilian life. Major findings include 27% of veterans saying re-entry was difficult for them – a proportion that swells to 44% among veterans who served in the eleven years since 9/11.

Pew Research Center – The Military-Civilian Gap: Fewer Family Connections
This report looks at the effects on the military and civilians of a smaller share of Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces than at any time since the peace-time era between World Wars I and II. As the size of the military shrinks, the connections between military personnel and the broader civilian population appear to be growing more distant.

Understanding the Complexity of Women Veterans’ Career Transitions
This research project report from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation examines the results of a 2007 survey, which was undertaken as part of a pilot study on the career transition experiences of women veterans.

Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers
This practical report briefly explains how protections for veterans with service-connected disabilities differ under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the ADA, and then describes how the ADA in particular applies to recruiting, hiring, and accommodating veterans with service-connected disabilities. Additionally: Common Employer Questions about Returning Service Members with TBI and/or PTSD and Employers' Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Community Provider Toolkit: Understanding the Military Experience
A resource from the Department of Veterans Affairs that explores military culture, deployment and operational experiences, Reserves and National Guard, and lists helpful resources and downloadable fact sheets. 

Our Military
A resource from the Department of Defense (DoD) where you can learn more about the military, its culture, tradition, and presence in your community.  The site help you learn about the military and their families and features stories of how our communities, non-profit organizations, individuals and corporations support our military in countless ways, and provide information about those organizations that provide such critical support.

Military Cultural Workshop
A tutorial regarding military culture that will help improve your ability to understand, communicate and effectively interact with military members and their families. It will help you gain a basic knowledge regarding the values, structure, policies and expectations of the military. The workshop takes around 45 minutes to complete. 

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