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PIT Count highlights what needs to be done to End Veteran HomelessnessThese numbers reflect what many have long known, we are facing a crisis of housing affordability. NCHV, our members across the country, and our national partners have long sounded the alarm regarding the seriousness of this crisis and the need for further and deeper federal investment in solutions. The Public Health Emergency showed what was possible when the nationwide housing crisis is treated like an emergency. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced [...]
Interested In Presenting at NCHV24? The NCHV Annual Conference is the largest gathering of community-based service providers working with veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness across the county. The theme for this year's conference is "Together We Will" and will be held May 29th -31st at the Washington Hilton. In keeping with the theme, we are looking for presentations that highlight evidence-based best practices and innovative new approaches, with an emphasis on collaboration and collective action. Please enter information for only one presentation per form. If you wish to submit more than one [...]
Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes: Comic Industry Legends Support veterans through JUNKYARD JOE Get Your Shirt here We are thrilled to express our deepest gratitude to Ghost Machine for their unwavering support of our mission at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) and Veterans Aid (VA). Ghost Machine, the groundbreaking creator-owned and operated media company, has once again demonstrated its commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of veterans through their latest initiative. In collaboration with writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, Ghost Machine is releasing a [...]
The documentary "Stand Down" is a poignant and compelling 30-minute film that shines a light on the incredible journey of recovery for our honored veterans. It delves into the heartwarming narrative of thousands of volunteers coming together annually to assist veterans in rediscovering meaning and purpose in their lives. At the center of this moving narrative is the creation of a military camp-like setting designed to encourage each individual to reconnect with their best selves. This film showcases the power of providing a haven for veterans to access a myriad of essential social services, including dental, legal assistance, housing support, [...]
At NCHV our unwavering commitment to supporting veterans and their families drives us to continuously seek ways to improve services. To further this mission, we are thrilled to announce an upcoming webinar series that will equip veteran service organizations with the knowledge and tools needed to enhance internal operations and, ultimately, better serve veterans and their communities. Webinar 1: Staffing Challenges - Entry and Retention Date: October 18, 2023 | Time: 3pm Est | Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2008544295402321498 Speakers: Donald Whitehead, Executive Director, NCH | Dr. Nikola Alenkin, Social Worker/Independent Researcher | Nichole Dubois, Senior Analyst, NAEH In the first [...]
Our focus for this season? Solidarity as a critical piece of the puzzle in our effort to end veteran homelessness. Throughout history, individuals facing mutual challenges have come together, pooling their resources to find solutions that strengthen their communities and empower them to overcome obstacles. This spirit of togetherness is vividly reflected in the housing space, where communities unite under the principles of preserving affordable homes for generations, and tenants build connections to support one another. The key message is clear: Ending veteran homelessness is a collective effort. It’s time for all of us, to identify common goals, and create [...]
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced $30 million in grant funding for Grant and Per Diem (GPD) organizations to help formerly homeless Veterans maintain their independence and housing stability. VA anticipates awarding 100 Case Management Grants for up to $300,000 each to support approximately 150 case manager positions nationwide Awards will fund two years of operations, from Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2025. Grant applications must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 4, 2023. This funding opportunity will give organizations the funding they need to hire case managers, who will [...]
VA Surpasses Goal of Housing 38K Veterans WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced that it has surpassed the goal of placing 38,000 Veterans into permanent housing. In February 2022, Secretary Denis McDonough announced VA’s new goal to place at least 38,000 homeless Veterans into permanent housing by Dec. 31, 2022. The Department reports that 40,401 veterans were housed in response to the Secretary’s challenge. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) commends VA and communities across the country for this achievement. Of note, 110 of 140 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) achieved their local [...]
Season 3 of NCHV’s The Road Home podcast is here! In Seasons 1 and 2 we explored traditional affordable housing development projects, and innovative short-term approaches, respectively, as the means to ending veteran homelessness. In Season 3 our focus will shift to examine housing justice as an integral piece of the effort to end veteran homelessness. Using an equity lens, we will explore how specific demographic characteristics impact an individual veteran’s ability to access affordable housing. According to recently released data, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness declined by 11 percent between 2020 and 2022 and by 55 percent since [...]