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  • HUD, VA and USICH Announce 33% Drop in Veteran Homelessness Since 2010 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street.

    HUD, VA, USICH, and local partners have used evidenced-based practices like Housing First and federal resources like HUD-VASH (the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program) to get veterans off the street and into stable housing as quickly as possible. Since 2008, the HUD-VASH program has served a total of 74,019 veterans.

    [Link to: Press Release]

  • VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing. Those community organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible very low income Veteran families (those making less than 50 percent of the area median income). The grants announced today will fund the fourth year of the SSVF program.

    [Link to: Press Release]

  • Employer Roadmap to Hiring Veterans - In an effort to overcome the challenges between veterans and hiring manager, "Employer Roadmap" was created by the Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and USAA. The free online resource was designed to help employers navigate the divide between wanting to hire veterans, but are unsure of how to do it.

    From a recent Forbes.com article:

    “There’s really no one-size-fits-all approach to helping companies recruit, hire, and retain veteran talent,” said Eversole. “This allows businesses to self-asses, and then we can deliver more customizable solutions.”

    Employer Roadmap provides a variety of resources for employers of all sizes and levels of experience with hiring veterans, guiding users down pathways for those who feel they need to prepare to hire veterans, those who are ready to begin actively recruiting candidates, and those who want to “empower” other businesses to hire veterans. Articles and case studies are available, as well as action plans–executable check lists on topics including “How To Get To Know Veterans & Spouses” and “How To Train & Educate”.

    “There’s a misunderstanding of what employers can bring to the table for veterans and what veterans can bring to the table for employers,” said Geoff Grant, USAA program director and a veteran of the U.S. Army. ”We make a lot of accommodations for college grads, this is another talent pool just like that. They have such valuable skills, ‘I led 15 troops through combat missions.’ How do we accommodate that?”

    [Forbes.com article: Employer Roadmap Aims To Better Connect Companies With Veterans, Spouses]

    [Link to Employer Roadmap...]

  • National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics - Check it out! This VA site contains tons of data, stats and reports about veterans.

    The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) supports planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs.

    [NCVAS Link...]

  • Inspiring Thought - "Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." – John Lennon

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