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Veterans Experiencing Homeless Intiative (VEHI)

In a 2009 study conducted by Wilder Research, there were 669 homeless veterans, including 605 men and 64 women, residing in emergency shelters, battered women’s shelters, and transitional housing programs or in non-sheltered locations. 63% of the homeless veterans fit Minnesota’s definition of long-term homeless – homeless a year or longer, or homeless four or more times in the past three years.

In 2010, in cooperation with local housing and service providers as well as public agencies, CSH launched our Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Initiative, (VEHI). VEHI is an attempt to combat homelessness among veterans throughout the Minnesota.

CSH's Role

CSH is seeking to accomplish 3 primary goals: 1) Create more supportive housing specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans; 2) Increase access to existing supportive housing for veterans; and 3) Increase funding and reduce administrative barriers for veteran’s supportive housing through systems change activities such as advocacy, education and policy reform.

Impact and Outcomes

CSH has conducted a series of trainings and knowledge exchanges with a “Veterans Cohort” of approximately ten project sponsors helping us advance our Veterans Initiative. These sessions aid in strengthening project concepts and increasing access to project financing, as well as providing training around improving property management and service coordination.

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