Veterans are greater risk for homelessness in large part due to the high prevalence of trauma. Fortunately, due to prioritization from the federal government, homelessness among veterans has been steadily declining since 2010: according to the annual point-in-time count, veteran homelessness declined from 74,087 in 2010 to 37,878 in 2018. These resources address the unique needs of this population.
This brief with the Kaiser Family Foundation addresses Medicaid’s role for veterans experiencing homelessness and provides insight into how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion has affected their coverage and access to care.
Accurate knowledge of veteran status is essential, as veterans may qualify for a number of Veteran Affair’s (VA) services and benefits that can resolve their health conditions and/or experiences of homelessness.
The latest issue of Healing Hands(Fall 2014) addresses specific health concerns and health care access challenges for veterans experiencing homelessness.
This quick guide provides an overview of federal programs offering funding for veteran services, including Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program, and the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
The purpose of this quick guide is to assist Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) grantees with their efforts to establish and strengthen collaborations with local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs).
Through key expert interviews and focus groups that culminated in a survey of HCH grantees, this study explored veteran demographics, health status, service utilization, unmet needs, and factors influencing preference for HCH services as well as the processes used by HCH grantees to identify consumers with veteran status and the nature of collaborations between HCH grantees and VA medical centers.
To examine the characteristics and needs of veterans within the HCH setting, the National HCH Council launched a veterans research initiative in December 2011. In phase 1 of the initiative, the National HCH Council conducted key expert interviews and focus groups with HCH clinicians and administrators to learn more about veterans accessing HCH services.
This Research Update from the National HCH Council provides a focused literature review on health and homelessness among women veterans in the United States. This topic is gaining increasing attention in research, public policy, and the media due to rising levels of deployment and an elevated risk of homelessness among women veterans.