• Virginia, Three Cities Announce End to Veteran Homelessness0

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday declared that his state has become the first to meet the federal definition of eliminating homelessness among military veterans. McAuliffe’s declaration means Virginia has no homeless veterans with the exception of those who have been offered housing but do not want it, reported the Washington Post. To meet the federal threshold, the state must find a home for a veteran within 90 days and have more homes available than the number of veterans identified as having no place to live. Three other states recently said they are on track to end veteran homelessness shortly — Connecticut, New Mexico and Rhode Island.

  • States Push to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness0

    Over the past year a number of major cities declared they had ended veteran homelessness — including Phoenix, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Louisville — as part of a federal initiative, Zero: 2016. Now, three states are on track to achieve the same goal. One strategy shared by the three states — Connecticut, New Mexico and Rhode Island — is tracking homeless veterans by name, reports Stars and Stripes. In Rhode Island, the individuals are ranked by their likelihood of dying if they remain on the street based on a vulnerability assessment conducted by advocacy groups …

  • Elevated Risk of Homelessness follows Personnel Discharged for Misconduct0

    Service members separated from the military due to misconduct are almost five times as likely to become homeless than personnel with normal separations, according to a recent study.
    Although only 5.6 percent of the service members in the study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans had been separated for misconduct, they represented 25.6 percent of homeless veterans at their first visit to a Veterans Affairs hospital, researchers at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System found. The researchers expected to see a correlation between misconduct-related discharges — typically prompted by drug use, unauthorized absences and other misconduct — and homelessness, reported Stars and Stripes. “But we were surprised at how high the rates were,” said Jamison Fargo at Utah State University, one of the authors of the study …

  • District Finds Room for Homeless Veterans at Walter Reed0

    Help USA, a national group founded almost 30 years ago by current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, plans to renovate a series of single-occupant apartments at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, under a deal being negotiated by the Army and the District of Columbia. The project, slated to include 75 efficiency apartments, would be the only component of the city’s redevelopment plan for 66.5 acres at the medical campus aimed at veterans, reported the New York Times. “It’s an iconic setting,” Thomas Hameline, president and CEO of the nonprofit which has launched veterans programs in four states, said of the historic hospital in northwest Washington …

  • Service Providers Strive to End Veteran Homelessness in Chattanooga0

    Nearly a dozen social service agencies supporting the Chattanooga, Tenn., region met last week to coordinate their efforts to end veteran homelessness by next year. Chattanooga is among 75 cities striving to end homelessness among veterans as part of the Zero: 2016 initiative. “We’re going to get veterans housed,” said Donna Maddox, director of Joe Johnson Mental Health Center, reported the Times Free Press. Chattanooga has 80 homeless veterans according to the most recent annual point-in-time count. The city has housed 37 veterans in the past six months …

  • New Orleans Considered Model for Ending Veteran Homelessness0

    New Orleans appears to have set a high bar for eliminating homelessness among veterans when it announced last month that it had gone a step beyond ending chronic homelessness. The city said it had reached a point at which it could ensure “every homeless veteran who can be located is placed in permanent housing or in temporary housing with an identified permanent housing placement” within 30 days. It achieved a “zero” level of veteran homelessness by relying on a “housing first” approach, which emphasizes moving the homeless into permanent housing quickly even if it means lowering the barriers to entry …