• Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices

Vets@Home Toolkit: Identifying and Engaging Homeless Veterans


Date Published: September 2015


This toolkit provides information on best practices to identify and engage veterans experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance and resources to assist mayors, local officials, communities, and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to put goals and processes in place to end veteran homelessness.

This toolkit includes the following sections:

  1. Identifying homeless veterans through outreach
  2. Point-in-Time (PIT) counts and surge canvassing
  3. The benefit of having by-name lists
  4. Data sharing
  5. Best practices (including coordinated entry processes, coordinated assessment tools, and strategies)
  6. Community collaborative examples
  7. Learning how to work toward ending veteran homelessness in your community
  8. Methods to sustain the effort once the goal of ending veteran homelessness is achieved

Keywords: data; analytics; PIT; surge canvassing; by-name list; prioritization; coordinated entry; coordinated assessment; outreach; CoC; targeting; mayor's corner; local officials; homelessness; veterans; coordination; engagement; HMIS; collaboration; Vets at Home; identify homeless veterans; engagement

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Tags: 811 PRA CoC ESG HCV HMIS HUD-VASH Public Housing and Voucher Programs RHSP Section 202
Author Organization
  • HUD
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  • HUD Approved