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3.5 Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessness (Chamberlain)


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In 2009, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) unveiled a five-year plan to end homelessness among veterans. Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessness. A keystone of this comprehensive plan is prevention. This workshop will discuss various VA programs and resources available to communities to prevent and end veteran homelessness.

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3.5 Preventing and Ending Veterans Homelessness (Chamberlain)

  1. 1. Preventing and Ending Homelessness among Virginia’s Veterans National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference July 13, 2010 Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness 703-250-4904 [email_address]
  2. 2. About VCEH <ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Research and Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Priorities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Permanent Supportive Housing for Those with Disabilities, Some Ex-Offenders, Some Veterans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing for Child Welfare Involved Families and Youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Community Capacity to Implement Best Practices including Rapid Re-Housing and Ten Year Plans </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Military in Virginia <ul><li>Six of the top ten cities in the nation with highest representation of veterans in Virginia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virginia home to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>143,000 active service members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15,000 Reservists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7,000 National Guard members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>820,000 veterans </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Rates of Homelessness among Virginia’s Veterans 890 homeless veterans v 820,000 veterans
  5. 5. Preventing and Ending Veteran Homelessness in Virginia JLARC Study on Ways to Reduce Homelessness Among Veterans Governor’s Prisoner and Juvenile Offender Re-Entry Council Governor’s Homeless Advisory Group
  6. 6. JLARC Study <ul><li>Recommended by the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Services Organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advises the Dept of Veterans Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study “ways to reduce homelessness among veterans in the Commonwealth” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Examine the current level of services provided to homeless veterans in the Commonwealth of VA” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Identify gaps in services” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Identify the need for and cost of additional services as part of a coordinated service delivery model” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are we prepared for OEF / OIF veterans? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. JLARC Study <ul><li>Preventing veteran homelessness; helping veterans exit homeless quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing needs of chronically homeless veterans </li></ul><ul><li>Improving overall service delivery through increased State leadership and coordination </li></ul>
  8. 8. Risk Factors: Veterans v Non Veterans <ul><li>Unique issues like TBI and PTSD </li></ul><ul><li>But not dissimilar from other homeless sub-populations </li></ul><ul><li>OEF / OIF veterans – higher unemployment, TBI, history of sexual abuse </li></ul>
  9. 9. Study Recommendations <ul><li>18 strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 address prevention and helping non CH quickly exit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 address CH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 address State leadership and coordination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$4.5-15 million needed to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide increased funding for state prevention program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund permanent supportive housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase state leadership and coordination </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Specific Recommendations <ul><li>Increase outreach for benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Increase funding and better target state prevention and rapid re-housing program </li></ul><ul><li>Provide long-term rental subsidies </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease barriers for those exiting correctional institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Fund Wounded Warrior Program </li></ul>
  11. 11. Focus on Recommendations <ul><li>Lack of Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Advocacy for Veterans </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of access to federal funds </li></ul>
  12. 12. Virginia’s Prisoner and Juvenile Offender Re-Entry Council <ul><li>Focus on veterans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot project focused on re-housing and serving 25 incarcerated veterans due to be released in 2011. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening local re-entry council to be the nexus of this project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Housing vouchers, HUD-VASH, existing services </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Governor’s Homeless Advisory Group <ul><li>Veterans </li></ul>
  14. 14. Impact of the Study <ul><li>Leadership is key </li></ul><ul><li>Attention of state veterans groups </li></ul><ul><li>State Priority = Better Positioned to Access Federal Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Several state initiatives coming together </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding = More Resources </li></ul>