• President’s Pledge Accelerated Effort to End Veteran Homelessness0

    The federal government has made significant progress in the fight to end veteran homelessness despite failing to meet President Obama’s pledge to eliminate the problem by the end of 2015. Veteran homelessness has dropped 47 percent since 2010, when Obama set his goal. And since the beginning of 2015, about 30 cities and counties have met federal benchmarks signaling progress in housing homeless veterans. “We knew that those were all going to be tough goals to achieve,” Ann Oliva, deputy assistant secretary for special needs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told Stars and Stripes. “But we thought they were doable, and if we made the right policy decisions and had the right data and resources we needed, we could [make] progress, which is what we did …

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  • Number of Homeless Veterans Continues to Drop0

    The nation has cut the number of homeless veterans by 47 percent since 2010, when the Obama administration vowed to completely end veteran homelessness. “We have just about cut veterans’ homelessness in half. We’ve helped bring tens of thousands of veterans off the streets, but we’re not slowing down,” President Obama said Monday at the Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta. “We will not stop until every veteran who fought for America has a home in America.”

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  • VA’s FY’17 Budget includes $1.6B to Fight Veteran Homelessness0

    The Veterans Affairs Department’s $78.7 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 would boost discretionary spending by 4.9 percent above the 2016 enacted level, while advancing efforts to end veteran homelessness and expanding access to health care and benefits. The request, released Tuesday, includes $1.6 billion for programs to prevent or reduce veteran homelessness, including $300 million for supportive services for veteran families to promote housing stability; $496 million for the HUD-VASH program, in which VA provides case management services for at-risk veterans and their families and the Housing and Urban Development Department provides permanent housing through its Housing Choice Voucher program; and $247 million in grant and per diem payments that support temporary housing provided by community-based organizations …

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  • Northern Virginia County Ends Veteran Homelessness0

    Arlington County, Va., has effectively ended homelessness for military veterans according to the nonprofit leading the national effort to find housing for all residents. The milestone makes Arlington the second jurisdiction to end veteran homelessness under the definition used by Washington, D.C.-based Community Solutions — demonstrating the ability to house all homeless veterans on a monthly basis. Rockford, Ill., was the first community to end veteran homelessness under that definition, said Adam Gibbs, a spokesman for the nonprofit. The federal government has recognized 15 jurisdictions — including Houston, New Orleans and Las Vegas — that have demonstrated they have place to live for every homeless veteran who wants one, reported the Washington Post. Arlington has followed the “housing first” movement, which calls for finding shelter for homeless residents before addressing other issues that led them to live on the street. The county employed interagency teams to monitor homeless residents, identify the services they’re eligible for and make sure they’re taking steps to obtain housing, according to the story.

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  • New York, Philadelphia End Veteran Homelessness0

    With the Obama administration’s target for eliminating veteran homelessness fast approaching, several major cities — along with a number of counties and smaller cities — in recent weeks announced they had set up systems and had resources in place to ensure all veterans experiencing chronic homelessness are either housed or are on an immediate path to permanent housing. Last week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city had reached that goal after a two-year effort involving city agencies, the federal government and several nonprofit organizations serving veterans …

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  • Nation to Fall Short of 2015 Deadline for Ending Veteran Homelessness0

    Veteran homelessness continues to fall, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest point-in-time count, but not nearly fast enough to reach the government’s target of zero homeless veterans by the end of the year. On a single night in January 2015, state and local planning agencies found fewer than 48,000 homeless veterans, a 2,000-person drop from a year earlier. Over the past five years, veteran homelessness fell by 36 percent, including a 47 percent decline in unsheltered veterans, according to a HUD press release …

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