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Citi Supports Local Initiatives to Prevent and End Veteran Homelessness

Last month, we featured an article highlighting Citi's support of NCHV and national efforts to end veteran homelessness. Citi's support and expertise is changing the landscape at the national level, and progress made over the past several years would not be possible without...continue reading

Virginia is the First State in the Nation to Functionally End Veteran Homelessness

This morning at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been certified by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Veterans...continue reading

Citi’s Commitment to Helping End Veteran Homelessness

In the last five years, the number of veterans among the ranks of the homeless has dropped by over 30 percent, representing massive and significant progress in the urgent effort to end homelessness among veterans. Efforts to build a safety net and path to stability have involved a creative...continue reading

Know the Five Signs

Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization that offers a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic mental health conditions that arise for our veterans and their families, has launched a new Campaign to Change Direction!

The Campaign to Change Direction encourages organizations and...continue reading

Connecticut Becomes First State to End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Earlier today, Governor Dan Malloy announced that Connecticut has become the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among veterans. This landmark announcement marks another milestone in the campaign to end veteran homelessness nationwide. With towns, cities, and...continue reading

NCHV Testifies at Senate Hearing: Work Remains to End Veteran Homelessness

On July 29, 2015, NCHV Executive Director Baylee Crone testified at the Veteran’s Affairs committee of the United States Senate in front of a packed room. She was joined by a panel of other experts including homeless veteran service providers, a Continuum of Care (CoC)...continue reading

Rooster Rundown Gives Progress Update on Zero:2016 Communities’ Progress

Community Solutions recently released the June 2015 Rooster Rundown, a progress report on the organization's Zero:2016 campaign. Zero:2016 is a joint effort led by Community Solutions that aims to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Unsung Hero Award presented to Carl Jablonski

Unsung Hero Award - Carl Jablonski, Morris County One-Stop Career Center

The Unsung Hero Award goes to someone who has contributed to the recognition of the homeless veteran issue in a supporting or often unrecognized role. The three awardees are individuals who have made a...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Unsung Hero Award presented to Shane Groen

Unsung Hero Award - Shane Groen, Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness

The Unsung Hero Award goes to someone who has contributed to the recognition of the homeless veteran issue in a supporting or often unrecognized role. The three awardees are individuals who have made a profound...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Unsung Hero Award presented to Dave Lopez

Unsung Hero Award - Dave Lopez, Swords to Plowshares

The Unsung Hero Award goes to someone who has contributed to the recognition of the homeless veteran issue in a supporting or often unrecognized role. The three awardees are individuals who have made a profound impact in their...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - DOL Staff Awards presented to Tom Fischer, Sandy Swartz, and Dana Bourne

DOL Staff Award - Tom Fischer, Sandy Swartz, and Dana Bourne

The DOL Staff Award is given out to an individual who has exhibited a strong commitment to the employment needs of veterans transitioning off the streets. This year the DOL Staff Awards goes...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - VA Staff Awards presented to Anthony Irby, George Kennedy

VA Staff Award - Anthony Irby, George Kennedy

The VA Staff Award goes to a Department of Veterans Affairs staff member in the community who has exhibited a strong commitment to the service of homeless veterans. This year, NCHV presented VA Staff Awards to George...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Outstanding Member Award presented to Veterans Inc.

Outstanding Member Award - Veterans Inc.

The Outstanding Member Award goes to the NCHV member agency that has demonstrated the spirit of being a part of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans – building collaboration to create change on the local level through...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Public Policy Award presented to U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Public Policy Award - U.S. Senator Susan Collins

The second recipient of the Public Policy Award was U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senator Collins has consistently been a voice of support for veterans and their families, no matter the political climate. Her...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Public Policy Award presented to Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Public Policy Award - Mayor Mitch Landrieu

The Public Policy Award goes to an elected official who has taken on a leadership role in creating or changing policies to support efforts to end veteran homelessness. This year we present the Public Policy Award to Mayor Mitch...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Peter Dougherty Award for Excellence in Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans

Peter Dougherty Award for Excellence in Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans - U.S. VETS Washington, D.C.

The Peter Dougherty Award honors its namesake – the personal advisor on homeless veteran issues for seven Secretaries of Veterans...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Corporate Partner Award presented to National Equity Fund

Corporate Partner Award - National Equity Fund

The National Equity Fund is one of NCHV's longest-standing major donors, aligning the organization with NCHV's mission not only in funding efforts but in their mission. NEF changes lives every day by creating affordable...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Corporate Partner Award presented to Citi Community Development

Corporate Partner Award - Citi Community Development

Citi Community Development has been the exclusive financial services sponsor of the NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit in San Antonio, Chicago, and New Orleans for four years – bringing together VA,...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Corporate Partner Award presented to The Home Depot Foundation

Corporate Partner Award - The Home Depot Foundation

NCHV is proud to present the Corporate Partner Award to The Home Depot Foundation. The Home Depot Foundation has forever altered the landscape of efforts to end veteran homelessness. The Foundation has...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Outstanding Partner Award goes to National Alliance to End Homelessness

Outstanding Partner Award - National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Outstanding Partner Award is presented to an agency that has shown dedicated service to partnering in NCHV’s mission and goals, and building collaborations that help move us closer to...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Thomas Wynn Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement to Michael Blecker

Thomas Wynn Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement – Michael Blecker, Swords to Plowshares

The Thomas Wynn Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented in memory of Thomas Wynn Sr., an advocate for homeless veterans, a partner to...continue reading

2015 NCHV Awards - Jerald Washington Memorial Founders’ Award presented to First and Second Ladies

The Jerald Washington Memorial Founders’ Award – First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden

The Jerald Washington Memorial Founders' Award is the highest honor bestowed by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. The...continue reading

Tracking Progress: Community Solutions Provides Guidance, Results

Partners at the national, regional, and local level in the campaign to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 are working around the clock to push toward our shared goal. Here at NCHV, we are often asked about the progress toward meeting that goal: Are we on track? Is it...continue reading

The American Legion Takes to the Streets to Help Homeless Veterans in L.A.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness, part of the Federal plan to end homelessness, is a vital framework that makes the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of this year is a real possibility. But even with such...continue reading

Secretary McDonald Visits Cincinnati, Shows Support for Mayors Challenge

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness has taken hold across the country, and more cities are signing on each month. Taking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness and implementing it at the local level is vital in...continue reading

California Organization forms Unique Partnership to Add to Services for Homeless Veterans

Veterans Transition Center (VTC) in Monterey, Ca. provides housing to 56 homeless veterans, as well as an individualized plan for each of those veterans including any supportive services they may need. These include housing, food, clothing, transportation,...continue reading

NCHV Members Featured at Bush Center Serving Our Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families Summit

The Bush Center today held its second national summit in support of veterans and their families at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The summit, "Serving our post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families," featured the Executive...continue reading

Ending Vet Homelessness in L.A.: Is the Finish Line in Sight?

Steve Peck, President & CEO of U.S. VETS, a longstanding NCHV Member organization and the nation's largest homeless veteran service provider, wrote an op-ed featured in Huffington Post on Feb. 4, 2015.

Veteran homelessness has been a hot topic in news out of Los Angeles over the...continue reading

AJC Highlights Local Efforts, Op-ed from NCHV

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently featured a story highlighting local efforts to end veteran homelessness, and the part that plays in our nation's goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Each veteran success story across the nation, and the organizations and people who help make...continue reading

VA Improvements Include Continued Focus on Veteran Homelessness

On Jan. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compiled a list for VAntage Point, the Department's blog, of 21 reasons why VA is heading in the right direction for 2015. Number 13 on that list was the continued reduction in the number of homeless veterans since 2009. According...continue reading

New Orleans Becomes First Major City to End Veteran Homelessness

On Jan. 7, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a press conference to announce that New Orleans has become the first major U.S. city to end veteran homelessness. In response to First Lady Michelle Obama's Mayors Challenge to End Homelessness by the end of 2015, New Orleans set out to...continue reading

NCHV, Service Providers, Give United Message at House Hearing on Ending Veteran Homelessness

On Thursday, Dec. 11, NCHV Executive Director Baylee Crone was one of nine experts to testify before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs during the hearing, “Evaluating Federal and Community Efforts to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness.”

Crone...continue reading

Message from NCHV to Members on VA OIG Audit of National Call Center

Good afternoon NCHV members,

Many of you have read the VA OIG report released this week, describing an audit of the VA's homeless veteran call center. While we will work with federal agencies to ensure this unacceptable performance is improved, we are nevertheless deeply...continue reading

Stand Down Event Helps Homeless Vets in Nashville

With communities racing to meet the national goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, every avenue of support in a community becomes more important. In Nashville, Operation Stand Down Tennessee held it’s fall Stand Down event on Nov. 19. Stand Down events are one- or multiple-day...continue reading

NCHV Member MACV Featured in Documentary on Veteran Homelessness

Twin Cities Public Television produced a documentary called “Crossing the Threshold” about veteran homelessness as part of a public television initiative to support veterans coming home. The documentary tells the story of three veterans’ journeys from the military, to the...continue reading

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