VA Report Highlights Effectiveness of Housing First

VA Center HomelessnessThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released the results of a study that explores the effectiveness of Housing First in reducing homelessness.

To reach the Obama administration’s goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, the VA shifted from a program-centric approach to a client-centered and performance-based approach to preventing and ending homelessness.

The first pilot consisted of 700 homeless veterans at 14 VA Medical Centers (VAMC), of which 84 percent lived in permanent housing after one-year of being placed in this type of housing.

The findings generated from this study suggest that Housing First is a “clinically effective and fiscally efficient model of permanent supported housing that can be implemented successfully in VA Homeless programs.”

Click here to learn more about the VA’s Housing First pilot study.