Haggerty suggests some strategies for helping end veterans homelessness:
Preventing homelessness in the first place by improving access to services when veterans return home;
Identifying chronically homeless veterans and those with serious medical conditions;
Improving access to federally funded housing programs for veterans such as the HUD-VASH program; and
Tracking the progress at the community level of moving homeless veteran by homeless veteran off of the streets and into housing.
Working together the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have decreased the number of homeless on any given night by two-thirds over the past few years. But on any given night, there are still 68,000 veterans with 14,000 of that group experiencing chronic homelessness.
New Jersey received 200 new HUD-VASH vouchers in March 2012. With these new vouchers, what can we do in our state to follow other communities across the country that are moving veterans in to permanent housing in as little as 30 days?