The 2012 Veteran Access to Housing Summit, hosted by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) and The Home Depot Foundation in coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), featured two full days of targeted training sessions, intensive workshops, and opportunities for engagement with critical partners involved in expanding the availability of permanent housing options for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. In 2011, participants in the inaugural Veteran Access to Housing Summit reinforced the value of directly connecting service providers to their partners in government, philanthropy and business as they work collaboratively to identify the major housing needs, existing resources and best practices to guide program development. The 2012 Veteran Access to Housing Summit will build on the progress and lessons of last year’s event by honing in on the specific community initiatives and VA programs that support the rapid expansion of housing resources.
In 2009, VA anticipated a need for approximately 90,000 units of permanent housing for homeless and low-income veterans to meet the objectives of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness. At this critical juncture, veteran service providers, corporate partners, charitable organizations and federal agency representatives must engage constructively to successfully reinforce and streamline the service delivery network to prevent homelessness and rapidly house and re-house homeless veterans. Participants in the 2012 Veteran Access to Housing Summit learned more about proven methods of expediting the expansion of permanent housing opportunities for homeless and at-risk veteran families, and ways to amend and update business plans to better align with both the short-term and long-range goals of the Federal agencies invested in the national campaign to end veteran homelessness.
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2012 Veteran Access to Housing Summit Presentations
Monday, Sept. 17
Tuesday, Sept. 18