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Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Homeless Veterans

The CHALENG Process

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans was launched in 1994 to bring together homelessness service providers, advocates, Veterans and other concerned citizens to identify the needs of homeless Veterans and work to meet those needs through planning and cooperative action. CHALENG is designed to be an ongoing assessment process that describes the needs of homeless Veterans and identifies the barriers they face to successful community reentry. This process has helped build thousands of relationships with community agencies, Veterans groups, law enforcement agencies, and Federal, state, and local government. Local CHALENG meetings represent important opportunities for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and public and private agency representatives to meet and develop meaningful partnerships to better serve homeless Veterans.

Project CHALENG has two components: a CHALENG survey, in which participants rate the needs of homeless Veterans in their local communities, and CHALENG meetings, which encourage partnership development between VA and community service providers. The results of the CHALENG survey are used each year to identify unmet needs and encourage new partnership development to meet those needs.

Over the years, CHALENG has helped build thousands of relationships between VA and community agencies so they can better serve homeless Veterans locally. Data from CHALENG on Veterans’ unmet needs has assisted VA in developing new services for Veterans such as the Homeless Veteran Dental Program (HVDP), the expansion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, the Veterans Justice Programs and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). In addition, community organizations use CHALENG data in grant applications to support services for homeless Veterans. These grant applications bring VA, other Federal, local government, and community foundation dollars, which maximizes community participation in serving homeless Veterans.


For More Information on CHALENG

For more information, please see the CHALENG Fact Sheet or contact Jessica Blue-Howells, National CHALENG Coordinator, at

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