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HUD-VASH Webinar: Building Community Partnerships to Effectively Serve Veterans Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

Date and Time:
September 21st from 1:30 to 3:00pm EDT

This webinar will cover best practices for serving Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness through partnerships established by VAMCs and PHAs with community organizations. HUD, VA and USICH have found that including local Continuums of Care (CoCs) as key partners in the implementation of HUD-VASH has been extremely important for VAMCs and PHAs that are quickly and stably housing chronically homeless Veterans. Speakers presenting during the webinar include experts on chronic homelessness and CoC programs. In addition, representatives from three HUD-VASH sites will discuss how they have effectively partnered with CoCs and homeless service providers in order to better serve the most vulnerable Veterans and to ultimately end Veteran homelessness in their communities.

Another email will be sent out in a few weeks with a link to register for the webinar.

Clarification on the Homeless Definition used for HUD-VASH

For HUD-VASH and all other homeless programs, both HUD and VA use the homeless definition provided by section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The statute requiring the use of this definition by VA programs can be found at 38 U.S.C. 2002(1), and the full definition can be found on the HUD HRE website here.

In an effort to make the HEARTH homeless definition a bit easier to understand and apply, HUD has divided the general homeless definition into 4 different categories, which are explained below and in the Criteria and Recordkeeping Requirements document on the HUD HRE website. Note that the definition for chronic homelessness is a separate definition all together and is not included in the categories below. The McKinney-Vento/HEARTH definition for chronic homelessness, also used for the HUD-VASH program, can be found on page 4 of this document.




(1) Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:

(i) Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;

(ii) Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or

(iii) Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place

not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution



Imminent Risk of

(2) Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence, provided that:

(i) Residence will be lost within 14 days of the date of application for homeless assistance;

(ii) No subsequent residence has been identified; and

(iii) The individual or family lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing



Homeless under
other Federal

(3) Unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age, or families with children and youth, who do not otherwise qualify as homeless under this definition, but who:

(i) Are defined as homeless under the other listed federal statutes;

(ii) Have not had a lease, ownership interest, or occupancy agreement in permanent housing during the 60 days prior to the homeless assistance application;

(iii) Have experienced persistent instability as measured by two moves or more during in the preceding 60 days; and

(iv) Can be expected to continue in such status for an extended period of time due to special needs or barriers



Attempting to
Flee DV

(4) Any individual or family who:

(i) Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;

(ii) Has no other residence; and

(iii) Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing

  HUD-VASH National Team

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