U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Programs

Homelessness among Veterans is a problem of national importance. In 2010, the President and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the federal government’s goal to end veteran homelessness. Published by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), this goal was announced as part of our nation’s first plan to prevent and end homelessness, titled Opening Doors. It was under this important mandate that the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program began providing targeted housing assistance and services on October 1, 2011. In concert with other key resources for homeless veterans, such as the jointly administered U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)–Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, SSVF has provided communities with the resources necessary to reduce the number of homeless veterans by 46 percent between 2010 and 2017.

Information about VA homeless programs can be found online at the VA Homeless Programs page.

Questions about HMIS participation in VA-funded programs should be submitted via the HUD Exchange Ask a Question.

If you need access to the HMIS Repository SSVF uploads or the Veteran Status Query and Response Exchange System (SQUARES), visit the HMIS Repository webpage.

VA HMIS Resources

VA Programs HMIS Manual

The VA Programs HMIS Manual is intended to support data collection and reporting efforts of HMIS Lead Agencies and VA program grantees. This manual provides information on HMIS program setup and data collection guidance specific to the VA Programs that use HMIS.

Date Published: September 2019

VA Data Guide

The VA Data Guide is the most up-to-date information available as to VA Data Collection expectations for VA funded programs required to use HMIS.

Date Published: October 2019

SSVF University

The SSVF University is a one-stop-shop for program materials, eligibility information, and research for community partners working to end homelessness for Veterans.

HMIS System Administrator Training: VA Program Setup

This webinar, held on April 2, 2015, provides a review of the project set up guidance included in the VA Programs HMIS Manual.

Date Published: March 2015

VHPD HMIS Data Quality Standards and Policies

This document summarizes HMIS data quality standards and policies so that data submitted portrays valid and true information.

Date Published: May 2011

VA HMIS Participation Memo

This resource is a VA issued memo describing the VA's plan to fully participate in HMIS. The memo describes the National Homeless and Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program's Office request for assistance by community partners, including Grant and Per Diem Providers, to begin entering client level data into the CoC's HMIS as soon as possible, but no later than March 31, 2011.

Date Published: December 2010

HUD HMIS Participation Listserv Announcement

This listserv announcements describes the participation in HMIS for VA-funded Programs.

Date Published: December 2010

General HMIS Resources

HMIS Guides and Tools

These resources are intended to assist HMIS Lead agencies, CoC representatives, and HMIS vendors in designing, implementing, and maintaining an HMIS. Resources available include data standard manuals; trainings, templates and tools; and sample policies and procedures.