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Resources for Homeless Veterans and Homeless Veteran Service Providers

This page provides resources for homeless veterans and homeless veteran service providers that support veterans either primarily or inclusively.

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Homeless Veterans Looking for Assistance

This section lists resources for homeless veterans seeking assistance.

HUD Resource Locator: Find Homeless Assistance

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? Go to the HUD Resource Locator and select "Find Homeless Resources Near Me" to find out where you can go for help.

View the HUD Resource Locator

VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Hotline

Homeless Veteran in Need of Help?
Call (877) 4AID VET or (877) 424-3838
VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Hotline Information

HUD VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

Find a HUD-VASH representative in your area.

Additional Resources for Homeless Veterans

Additional resources available to all people experiencing homelessness, including, but not limited to, veterans are listed on the Resources for Homeless Persons Page.

HUD Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Bryan Greene, thanks veterans for their service and shares information about housing information and programs for veterans. View the video.

Resources for Homeless Veteran Service Providers

HUD cannot end homelessness alone. Much of the resources below emphasize both federal and local relationships with our partners, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Policy Priorities

According to the latest point-in-time count, homelessness among veterans decreased 33% from 2010 to 2014. This decline was driven by large decreases the number of veterans found in unsheltered locations as well as in shelters and transitional housing projects.Much of this progress can be attributed to collaboration at the national, state, and local levels. SNAPS Weekly Focus: Collaborating to Combat Homelessness among Veterans encourages Continuums of Care to:

  • Collaborate with local public housing agencies and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers to identify and prioritize VA eligible chronically homeless veterans for HUD-VA Supportive Housing, and
  • Collaborate with local VA medical centers to identify and prioritize HUD-funded programs for veterans that are ineligible for VA services.

Read more about HUD’s policy priorities on the CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page.

Vets@Home Technical Assistance

Vets@Home HUD technical assistance helps Continuums of Care (CoCs) meet the goal established in Opening Doors of ending veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015. As part of Vets@Home technical assistance, a series of four toolkits have been developed as guides and resources for use by CoCs as they work to end homelessness for veterans. The toolkits can be used together or individually.

View the toolkits:

The toolkits include identification of best practices, key strategies, action items and considerations for CoCs, Veterans Affairs (VA) partners, and local public officials that can be implemented immediately to focus efforts on ending homelessness for veterans.

Any CoC may receive TA through Vets@Home. To do so, a CoC should submit a TA request through the HUD Exchange’s Request Technical Assistance form. HUD will provide all CoCs requesting TA though Vets@Home with remote TA.

Mayors Challenge

HUD, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National League of Cities are calling on mayors to make a commitment to end Veteran homelessness in their cities in 2015.

Learn about the Mayors Challenge

Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool

This tool was developed to help communities develop or improve their master list – also known as the “active” or “by-name” list – in order to meet the Criteria for Achieving the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness. Users should closely review the Criteria for Achieving the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness and Specifications of Benchmarks (v3) when using the template and generation tool. This tool is voluntary and not required by the Federal partners.

View the Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool

Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Tool

This tool provides a criteria checklist and benchmark worksheet to help communities assess their progress toward ending Veterans homelessness relative to the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks for ending homelessness among Veterans. This tool is voluntary and not required by the Federal partners.

View the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Tool

HUDVet

HUDVet facilitates collaboration among Federal agencies and veteran-serving organizations regarding programs for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Contact hudvet@hud.gov.

  • HUDVet's State and Local Resources directory (Excel 543 KB) assists the coordination of community-based Continuum of Care services for veterans who are homeless.
  • HUDVet's National Resources list (PDF) provides links and contact information for many of the organizations that impact and serve veterans nationally.

HUD VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

HUD-VASH is a joint program between HUD and the VA. HUD provides housing choice vouchers and VA provides case management and outreach. This program targets veterans who are currently homeless.

For more information, please visit:

HUD Office of Housing Choice Vouchers: HUD-VASH Page

VA: HUD-VASH Page

HUD-VASH Resource Guide

Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD)

VHPD was a three year program, completed in January 2015. HUD, Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Labor (DOL) partnered together to provide HUD housing assistance, VA case management services, and DOL employment counseling in five selected communities. All five communities participating in this demonstration were strategically selected due to their proximity to a military base, concentration of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, and availability of resources. One of the program’s primary objectives was to provide combined early intervention services for veterans who were at a high risk of becoming homeless, particularly veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and women veterans.

Stay tuned for the final VHPD report.

Learn more about VHPD.

News and Announcements

HUD Releases Report: Ending Veteran Homelessness in New Orleans: Lessons from a City that Reached the National Goal a Year Early
Date Posted: December 17, 2015

Resources and Guidance for Ending Veterans Homelessness Webinar
Date Posted: December 15, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama Releases Video Encouraging Landlords to Help End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: November 5, 2015

Understanding the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness Webinar
Date Posted: October 29, 2015

New Resources Available: Toolkits for Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: October 19, 2015

Spotlighting Two Communities that are Successfully Coordinating Healthcare and Housing Resources to End Veteran Homelessness Webinar
Date Posted: October 6, 2015

SNAPS In Focus: What It Means to End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: October 2, 2015

VA Releases Guidance on HMIS "Read-Only" and "Direct-Entry" Access – Policy Q&A
Date Posted: August 31, 2015

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is Published Online
Date Posted: August 25, 2015

Zero: 2016 Works to End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: August 25, 2015

25 Cities Effort Launched to Assist Communities to End Homelessness
Date Posted: August 25, 2015

Updated Guidance and Resources on CoC and PHA Collaboration to End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: August 10, 2015

Letter from HUD to PHA Executive Directors on HUD-VASH Extraordinary Administrative Fees
Date Posted: August 4, 2015

HUD and VA Team Up to Help Additional 2,000 Homeless Veterans Find Permanent Homes: $13.5 Million in HUD-VASH Vouchers to Build in National Effort To End Veteran Homelessness
Date Posted: December 17, 2014