Going Beyond HUD-VASH to End Veterans Homelessness

Programs and Services Available for
“Veteran Centric Approach”

Homeless Veteran FamilyThe U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) focuses its May 2012 newsletter on going beyond the U.S. Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to assist homeless and at-risk veterans.

The HUD-VASH program has been extremely successful in permanent housing veterans experience homelessness. New Jersey houses 675 formerly homeless veterans through VASH and received an additional 200 vouchers in March 2012.

But this newsletter goes beyond HUD-VASH and highlights the variety and continuum of programs and services that are available to communities and encourages a “veteran centric approach” that recommends each veteran’s unique background and needs. The newsletters authors write “There is no one size fits all solution and communities need to be prepared to provide the right response at the right time” and share the following resources:

  • An update from the VA about the portfolio of programs that serve vets;
  • Three examples of veterans that explaining how resources can be coordinated to meet the needs in a “vet centric way;” and
  • An interview with 2 leaders in Massachusetts about successful local programs.

Click here to read the newsletter.