The Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 11 in collaboration with CSH completed four successful regional homeless veteran summits in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The summits are designed to develop multi-agency strategies to end veteran homelessness in the catchment area. Gap Analysis were reviewed along with operational plans to address barriers and design innovative solutions to promote the identification, assessment, and care of the homeless veteran population.
Phil Thomas, VISN 11 Homeless Network Coordinator for the Department of Veteran Affairs, shared "These summits have proven to be an invaluable forum to inform the veteran and homeless service provider community about the VA’s plans and to receive and integrate feedback toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015."
Geographically based groups met in the afternoon portion of these Summits to plan for a 100 day challenge. This involved group work around strengthening or developing strategies to rapidly rehouse Veteran households who are experiencing homelessness.
CSH commends the VA for so strategically working to bring Veteran homelessness to functional zero.