• Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices

Vets@Home Toolkit: Effective Homeless Crisis Response Systems


Date Published: September 2015


This toolkit provides resources and concepts for transforming homeless services to crisis response systems that prevent homelessness and rapidly return people who experience homelessness to stable housing. The US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) provides a framework to retool the homeless crisis system in Objective 10 of the Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Given the immediacy of the Federal goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, this toolkit is geared towards veteran specific resources.

This toolkit includes the following sections:

  1. Topic Overview
  2. Definitions and Key Concepts
  3. Components of an Effective Crisis Response System for Veterans
  4. Sustaining Efforts
  5. Mayor’s Corner
  6. Community Examples and Resources

Keywords: veterans; crisis response; housing crisis; rapid response; rapid rehousing; crisis intervention; low barrier emergency shelter; emergency services; housing first; housing plans; progressive assistance; diversion and homelessness prevention; HUD-VASH; SSVF; GPD; Housing Placements; VA housing resources; Vets at Home

Resource Links

Tags: 811 PRA CoC ESG HMIS Housing Choice Voucher Program HUD-VASH RHSP Section 202
Author Organization
  • HUD
Resource Approver
  • HUD Approved