2022 PIT Count Shows Largest Drop in veteran homelessness in 5 years Nov. 2. 2022 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 preliminary results for veterans of the 2022 Point-in-Time Count (PIT). Results of the report showed an 11% decrease in veteran homelessness since 2020. (The 2022 PIT Count is the first full PIT Count since 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began. In 2021, many communities did not conduct unsheltered counts in order to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19, resulting in an incomplete [...]
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On Oct. 1, The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand and extend eligibility for VA health care for certain Veterans of the Vietnam War, Gulf Wars and post-9/11 era under the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. This expansion increases health care eligibility for generations of toxic-exposed Veterans. Beginning on Oct. 1, Post-9/11 Veterans who did not previously enroll in VA health care will have a 1-year window to enroll if they: Served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or Served in combat against [...]
Position: Development Associate NCHV is seeking a Development Associate. This hard working, energetic individual will be an active member of the NCHV team, focused in on strategically strengthening financial support to advance the organization and our network’s goals and objectives. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The Development Associate will be responsible for the following essential activities: Create and implement a targeted fundraising strategy and development calendar in collaboration with CEO; Manage and audit data within the Donor Perfect database to track all donations, in-kind, and contract revenue; and keep donor email listserv up to date; Database notes [...]
Gary Frank and writer Geoff Johns (the bestselling team behind Geiger, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman: Earth One, Doomsday Clock, and more) – are hard at work on their next event-limited series for Mad Ghost Comics and Image Comics – Junkyard Joe. Proceeds Will Go to National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and Veterans Aid In Memory of Johns and Frank’s Grandparents Who Served in WWII. Bestselling Geiger creative team Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, and Brad Anderson reteam for an all-new series in the upcoming Junkyard Joe, telling the story of a mysterious robot soldier and the cartoonist [...]
NCHV Statement on Dobbs Decision Today, the United States Supreme Court overturned the ruling in Roe v Wade that previously legalized abortions in the United States. This decision removes federal protections for abortion access and the lowest income people in this country are most likely to bear the burden. At NCHV, we are concerned about this decision and the impact it will have on veterans, including those at risk of/experiencing homelessness for several reasons. Currently, women veterans are not able to receive copay-free contraceptives from the VA, a barrier to unintended pregnancies. A report from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center [...]
Earlier this month The Department of Health and Human Services renewed the public health emergency for COVID-19. Which was set to expire on April 16th. We applaud the department for taking this step to ensure that the federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers with expiration dates directly tied to the public health emergency are still usable. Read the full Earlier this month, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness published a tool called “Expiring Federal Provisions That May Impact Homelessness.” It identifies federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers—including but not limited to those linked to the public health emergency—that are set to expire at various [...]
VA outlines new goals towards ending Veteran homelessness Nationally, VA and its community partners will place at least 38,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness into permanent housing during calendar year 2022. This represents an increase of nearly 5% over the number of permanent housing placements in fiscal year 2021. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough established new goals in VA’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. During his visit, Feb. 25, McDonough participated in the local Point-in-Time Count and announced the following action being taken in the Greater Los Angeles (GLA) area: Placing at least 1,500 Veterans experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, [...]
Millions in Transitional Housing Rehab Grants Just Announced March 23, 2022 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is awarding 36 capital grants, totaling approximately $64.7 million, to community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program to improve the quality of housing options for Veterans experiencing homelessness. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) applauds VA’s investment in this critical intervention. The Department saw additional need beyond initial rounds of funding awarded and acted proactively to meet the need. The new awards will allow grantee organizations to construct new buildings and renovate existing transitional housing facilities [...]
On March 16th, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs conducted a hearing to consider proposals and draft bills including a few directly impacting Veteran Homelessness. Click HERE to read NCHV's testimony, and HERE to watch the Hearing.
We are eagerly anticipating our first webinar of the year. This webinar will break down some of the misconceptions the public might have about affordable housing, discuss why we all should be advocating for more of this type of housing intervention, and give examples of communities that are promoting affordable housing. We have an excellent lineup of speakers that will have all leave saying, “Yes in My Backyard”. Learn more about them below and see you on Thursday at 3pm! Laura Foote Laura Foote became a housing activist in 2014, when she became one of the key founders of the [...]