- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
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.READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE