The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preventing and ending Veteran homelessness in communities throughout the nation by collaborating with many different public, private, non-profit and state and local government organizations. With partner support, VA is able to better meet homeless and at-risk Veterans’ needs for affordable housing, job placement, employment skills training and donations of daily household essentials. VA partners also help build awareness of how communities across the nation can honor those who served by contributing to and rallying support for efforts to prevent and end Veteran homelessness.
Below are brief descriptions of the most common ways VA collaborates with partners and the corresponding benefits. Please contact us directly at Homelessvets@va.gov to become a VA partner and support our efforts to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.
Organizations agree to provide Veterans exiting homelessness with access to affordable housing options by doing one or more of the following:
- Accepting Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers as rent payments.
- Setting aside a number of housing units for low-income Veterans and their families.
- Developing a number of housing units for low-income Veterans and their families.
Housing Partner Benefits
The benefits to organizations creating affordable housing opportunities for Veterans exiting homelessness include:
- Steady and reliable rent payments through the HUD-VASH program.
- Reliable tenants who have VA wraparound services to help them integrate into the community and remain stably housed.
- Possible local or state tax benefits, depending on the location.
Businesses agree to provide Veterans exiting homelessness with opportunities to obtain a stable job and steady income by doing one or more of the following:
- Working with VA’s Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) to recruit, interview and hire job-ready Veterans for entry and mid-level positions.
- Providing job training.
- Creating a positive work environment where Veterans can be successful.
Employment Partner Benefits
The benefits to organizations working closely with VA’s CECs who facilitate hiring and onboarding and provide employers with qualified, skilled candidates include:
- Less training needed for Veterans who are motivated to work from day one.
- Assistance with finding the right Veteran for the right job.
- Greater job engagement and retention of Veteran employees through support from VA’s wraparound services.
While employment and housing partnerships are much needed and the most common types of partnerships, VA also recognizes that tapping into our partners’ unique abilities and organizational goals can promote and expand national and community efforts. Examples of these types of successful partnerships are described below. To leverage your organization’s resources, assets, mission, commitment and dedication to end and prevent Veteran homelessness, contact us. We want to hear what will work best for you.
Organizations provide move-in or every day, household essentials for Veterans exiting homelessness through one of the following ways:
- Conducting a company- or network-wide drive of household goods.
- Conducting an internal challenge to collect as many move-in essentials as possible.
- Participating in local Stand Downs or Operation Reveille events.
Donation Partner Benefits
The benefits to organizations working with VA to donate household essential items include:
- Fulfillment of a commitment to support our nation’s heroes.
- A direct point of contact at the nearest VA facility to facilitate the donation process.
- Media interest in covering corporate social responsibility efforts to support Veterans exiting homelessness.
Organizations share information with their members or network on how they can support VA’s efforts and fill in gaps for essential services through:
- Social media.
- Events (e.g., webinars, conference calls, meetings or conferences).
Outreach Partner Benefits
The benefits to organizations working with VA to spread the word about the need to end Veteran homelessness and how it can be done include:
- An increased number of volunteers and organizations are involved in efforts to end Veteran homelessness.
- VA-provided information makes it easy to promote efforts.
- Members and/or networks learn how they can get involved and the best ways to launch their efforts.
VA is proud to work with collaborators who have been able to change Veterans’ lives, whether by providing employment, affordable housing or even a suit to wear to an interview. These small, medium and large organizations, listed below, have joined the effort to support men and women who have made countless sacrifices to honor, serve and protect our country. We encourage you to view success stories that describe how our collaborators have helped Veterans obtain housing, employment, careers and more. We are proud to work with all organizations, regardless of whether they hire, house or donate items to one or one hundred Veterans.
Collaborators include Progressive, Military Outreach USA, Kroger, National Association of State Workforce Agencies and DHL Express.
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One homeless Veteran is one too many. If you’d like to get involved to help prevent and end Veteran homelessness, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.