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CSH's Federal Policy Work on Veterans

CSH believes federal policymakers should adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to veterans living without a home.

Supportive housing is an essential tool to ending veterans’ homelessness in the United States.  For far too long it was difficult for homeless veterans to access supportive housing.  This was due either to unbalanced resources focused on shelter or transitional housing, poor outreach to the hardest to serve homeless veterans or rigid systems that did not take into account the myriad of challenges many homeless veterans face.  Fortunately, with CSH’s assistance, systems are changing for the better and we’re advocating for federal assistance to help advance these improvements.

The VA provides homeless veterans with primary care and mental health services, along with transitional housing.  Through coordinated advocacy, and with the support of Congress, the VA has recently been enabled to provide, or to support through grants to community groups, a more complete range of supportive services to veterans; though current resources fail to meet the tremendous need.

CSH’s advocacy agenda for homeless veterans includes:

  • Continued Congressional and Administration support for the HUD-VASH program, which combines a HUD Section 8 housing choice voucher with supportive services provided by the VA.  Promoting the use of project-basing of VASH as a tool to develop supportive housing for veterans.
  • Working at the federal and local level to remove barriers for homeless veterans to access housing and services, including improved targeting to the hardest to serve.
  • Supporting the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which provides homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing resources to communities.

 

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