The Great Recession is over, the economy is bouncing back, and there are fewer people who are homeless in America. Yet, the number of people who are at risk of homelessness remains significantly higher than it was before the recession began. Check out the full The State of Homelessness in America 2016 report here: www.endhomelessness.org/soh2016.
This interactive map identifies and provides details on the current state of veteran homelessness in the U.S. The map provides details on changes in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in a community from 2013 to 2014, data on communities that have ended veteran homelessness, and details on the 78 communities that could receive a new, one time “surge” of an additional $300 million in funding over the next three years under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
The Alliance works with partners across the country to develop and implement strategies that end homelessness. Together, these strategies are resulting in significant progress toward reaching this goal. Prevent homelessness before it occurs Focus on timely returns to Permanent housing Implement evidence based strategies at the community level Strengthen the support system for vulnerable.
In 2014, the Obama Administration signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to transform the public workforce system, and the process of implementation of the Act has begun. States are currently in the process of creating and revising their required WIOA State Plans and the Alliance has recommends that providers, local governments and other interested stakeholders take this opportunity to ensure that State Plans include strategic language for serving high-need or high-barrier individuals, specifically those who are at risk for or currently experiencing homelessness.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that it will make $300 million in competitive grant funding available for nonprofits renewing their SSVF grants to work with homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Several pieces of the announcement highlight opportunities for providers to improve the services they offer to program participants, and ways to enhance their program's effectiveness and reach.