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Veterans Corner

June 10, 2012

VA works to end veteran homelessness

By Jim Vines | jim.helpingveterans@gmail.com

The VA has announced a partnership with the “100,000 Homes” campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year.

The collaboration is intended to help accomplish the VA’s goal of ending veteran homelessness in 2015. It will also support the ongoing local organizations working to implement “Opening Doors,” the federal plan to end veteran homelessness.

This initiative will better integrate the efforts of VA case managers and their local partners by leveraging the VA resources and those of participants in the “100,000 Homes” campaign. The campaign’s national support staff will also work with the VA to provide technical assistance to help communities reduce the amount of time necessary to house a single homeless veteran. According to the 2011 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress, homelessness among veterans has declined 12 percent since January 2010.

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