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Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans Resources

National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is a forum to exchange new ideas; provide education and consultation to improve the delivery of services; and disseminate the knowledge gained through the efforts of the Center's Research and Model Development Cores to VA, other federal agencies, and community provider programs that assist homeless populations.

View National Center Webpage

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Physical Disability Board of Review

The Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) provides Veterans who are medically separated from military service between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009, with the opportunity to have their disability ratings reviewed to ensure fairness, consistency and accuracy.   The PDBR was created by the United States Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008. 

In March 2014, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) issued guidance to Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and VA medical center staff across the country to notify eligible homeless and at-risk Veterans of the right to have their disability rating reviewed by the PDBR.  VA staff also provided interested Veterans with the appropriate letters and forms. In approximately 25 percent of the cases reviewed by the PDBR (as of December 2011), the applicants were found to be eligible for a disability retirement.  Through the PDBR process, eligible Veterans -- including homeless Veterans -- are provided with additional financial benefits that can assist them with securing stable housing and supporting their families, thus ultimately helping VA achieve the goal of ending homelessness among Veterans.

The attached slides provide additional details about PDBR.  For more information about the Physical Disability Board of Review, click here.

View PDBR Slide Overview Slides

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Project CHALENG

Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans' needs and to plan to meet those needs.

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Non-VA Resources for Assistance

Webpage with links to various websites to other Federal and community resources that could be helpful to those who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

View Non-VA Resources Webpage

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Opening Doors – Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

This Plan outlines an interagency collaboration that aligns mainstream housing, health, education, and human services to prevent Americans from experiencing homelessness. As the most far-reaching and ambitious plan to end homelessness in our history, this Plan will both strengthen existing partnerships—such as the combined effort of HUD and the Veterans Affairs to help homeless Veterans—and forge new partnerships between agencies like HUD, HHS, and the Department of Labor.

PDF Document 2010 Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent (PDF)

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Veteran Justice Outreach

Veteran Justice Outreach provides eligible justice involved Veterans with timely access to VA’s mental health and substance use services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.

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Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program

The Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program helps incarcerated Veterans successfully rejoin the community through various supports, including those addressing mental health and substance use problems.

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Outreach Materials

Informing the public about the availability of assistance for Veterans is essential to the success of this initiative.

View the Get Involved page to find downloadable materials and share them with your friends, family members, and colleagues.

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