Ending Veterans Homelessness

Nashville has set a goal to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 as part of the local Zero: 2016 effort. But what does that really mean?

In a recent blog entry, Matthew Doherty, interim director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), wrote, “Ending homelessness does not mean that no one will ever experience a housing crisis again—this is true for Veterans and for all populations. Ending homelessness is about two things: 1) bringing the number of people experiencing homelessness down now by connecting them to permanent housing and 2) ensuring homelessness in the future is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.”

The USICH together with its national partners developed criteria about how local communities can end veterans homelessness.

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