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HUD-VASH Tips: Webinar and Homeless Definition

August 23, 2012 Print ShareThis

Building Community Partnerships to Effectively Serve Veterans Experiencing Chronic Homelessness Webinar
Thursday, September 20, 2012
1:30 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

**This webinar was originally scheduled for September 21st**

This webinar covers best practices for serving Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness through partnerships established by VAMCs and PHAs with community organizations.  HUD, VA and USICH have found that including local Continuums of Care (CoCs) as key partners in the implementation of HUD-VASH has been extremely important for VAMCs and PHAs that are quickly and stably housing chronically homeless Veterans.  Speakers presenting during the webinar include experts on chronic homelessness and CoC programs.  In addition, representatives from three HUD-VASH sites will discuss how they have effectively partnered with CoCs and homeless service providers in order to better serve the most vulnerable Veterans and to ultimately end Veteran homelessness in their communities.

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Clarification on the Homeless Definition used for HUD-VASH

For HUD-VASH and all other homeless programs, both HUD and VA use the homeless definition provided by section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.  The statute requiring the use of this definition by VA programs can be found at 38 U.S.C. 2002(1), and the full definition can be found on the HUD HRE website here.

In an effort to make the HEARTH homeless definition a bit easier to understand and apply, HUD has divided the general homeless definition into 4 different categories, which are explained in the Criteria and Recordkeeping Requirements document on the HUD HRE website.  Note that the definition for chronic homelessness is a separate definition all together and is not included in the categories below.  The McKinney-Vento/HEARTH definition for chronic homelessness, also used for the HUD-VASH program, can be found on page 4 of this document.