The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is thankful for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness' (USICH) recent release of the USICH Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, and for the work of the administration on ending veteran homelessness. We are encouraged by the inclusion of most of NCHV's top priorities for preventing and ending veteran homelessness. This strategic plan is key in coordinating not only the homelessness efforts of over twenty Federal agencies but also guides the efforts of state and local communities work to enable them to proactively fill in any gaps [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.