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April 30, 2013 by Pooja Virkar (

In 2009, President Obama and VA Secretary Shinseki announced the goal of ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Together with partners and supporters nationwide, VA is determined to meet that challenge through the Homeless Veterans Outreach Initiative.

As a part of that effort, VA has increased programs and funding to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless get back on their feet. Through programs like Compensated Work Therapy and the Homeless Veteran Support Employment Program, VA assists Veterans return to competitive employment by offering vocational assistance, job development and placement, and other necessary tools for success.


To help with the housing needs of Veterans and their families, VA also provides grants and other funding to help public and nonprofit organizations establish and operate supportive housing and service centers through the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. For Veterans at risk of becoming homeless, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program provides grants and technical assistance to organizations that help keep Veterans and their families in their homes.

Beyond housing and employment, VA has also taken steps to address the health care needs of homeless and at risk Veterans. The Health Care for Homeless Program, with more than 135 sites, offers outreach, exams, treatment, and referrals for Veterans dealing with mental health issues while the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams Program provides a coordinated medical home specifically tailored to the needs of homeless Veterans that integrates clinical care with delivery of social services.

Learn about the various programs and services VA offers homeless and at risk Veterans here and contact VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to receive support and assistance now.

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