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 remarked in her opening statement before the Committee: "Ending veteran homelessness is not a moment; it is a moving target. ... As we make progress, resources will need to be redeployed, not withdrawn." She cited HUD-VASH, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Grant and Per Diem, and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program as key pieces in the puzzle of ending veteran homelessness.
Other panelists included representatives from NCHV member and partner organizations Veterans Village of San Diego, Soldier On, Impact Services Corporation, Volunteers of America, and National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Each of the panelists joined Crone in asserting that the needs of homeless veterans can be served by multiple federal programs, but that does not mean that the programs are duplicative. The various programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development work in conjunction to meet each individual veteran’s unique needs, whether it involves one program, multiple programs, or one program and a transition to another.
Panelists representing the federal agencies working to end veteran homelessness by 2015 were: Lisa Pape, Executive Director Homeless Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs; Thomas O’Toole, Acting Director, National Center for Homelessness among Veterans; Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services to the Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Keith Kelly, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor.
To view a recording of the hearing, click here. (The hearing begins at the 29 minute mark of the video.)
To read Stars and Stripes’ article on the hearing, click here.
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