Making Services Work Better: The Connection between the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program and the Local Continuum of Care
In this document, we look at the level of integration and coordination between two specific programs: 1) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) — a Department of Labor (DOL) employment program that provides employment and supportive services to veterans who are homeless, and 2) Continuums of Care (CoCs) — local bodies funded and tasked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to oversee coordination of homeless services in local communities. The purpose of this brief is to serve as a resource that HVRPs and CoCs can use to partner and share what works in helping veterans who are homeless obtain housing, supportive services, and jobs. CoCs play an increasingly important role in their communities as planners and managers of local systems of care for homeless individuals and families as well as those at-risk of homelessness. HVRPs are an important resource to address veteran homelessness and an important program in the CoC. This document describes strategies that foster collaboration between HVRPs and CoCs, offers examples of effective practices, and makes recommendations for how to integrate the needs of homeless veterans into a community’s strategy to end homelessness.
Connections Between the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Department of Veteran Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
This new report discusses links between Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grant programs. Much of the information is taken from interviews with HVRP grantees who are either dual grant holders or who work closely with SSVF programs in their area. SSVF is primarily a short-term, rapid response housing program that provides Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Although both programs target veterans experiencing homelessness, eligibility for the programs and operating guidelines differ. The programs do, however, seem to be complementary in meeting the needs of homeless veterans.
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