Housing First Key to Ending Veteran Homelessness

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  1. When presented with a list of homeless Veterans as possible recipients of VASH vouchers, the VA pronounced all but one of the Veterans as ineligible for the vouchers because they required assistance other than just monetary help with their housing. How can the VA now say in a hearing that they commit to Housing First, if they do not adhere to the ideal of first providing housing stability and then offering the supports that the Veterans require? Housing first isn’t a new concept at this point, it’s clear what is needed to make it work – if they claim they are committed to it, the VA needs to provide the services their clients require.