Veteran Homelessness Learning Community Series

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Service Members, Veterans, and their Family members Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center will host Veteran Homelessness Learning Community Series, a three-part webinar series.

Since 2010, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S. has been cut almost in half, from 74,087 in 2010 to 37,252 in 2020. Despite the overall decrease in veteran homelessness, data shows that progress has stalled since 2016. This learning community will explore lessons from the past and center on policy and practice solutions that work. Participants will deepen their understanding of risk and protective factors for veteran homelessness and innovative solutions for our most underserved communities. And finally, participants will discover resources available to prevent and end veteran homelessness.
Session 1: Jul 14, 2022 2:00-3:30 PM EDT
Session 2: Jul 28, 2022 2:00-3:30 PM EDT
Session 3: Aug 11, 2022 2:00-3:30 PM EDT
*Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants*

Session 1: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future

Date: July 14, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET


Explore national trends in Veteran homelessness

Describe risk and protective factors unique to the Veteran population

Identify federal homeless programs and resources available

Review national priorities for ending Veteran homelessness


Jack Tsai, PhD, Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

John Kuhn, MPH, LCSW, National Director, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, VA


Session 2: Policy Solutions for Underserved Communities

Date: July 28, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET


Illustrate the needs of underserved Veterans experiencing homelessness

Describe the implementation of racial equity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) homeless programs

Highlight plans for a pilot of enhanced services to enable Veterans to age in place


Implementing Racial Equity in VHA Homeless Programs

Shawn Liu, LCSW, VHA-CM, Community Engagement Coordinator, Homeless Programs Office, VHA, VA

Anthony Love, MA, Senior Advisor and Director of Community Engagement Homeless Programs Office, VHA, VA


Aging in Place: Veteran Support to Self-Reliance Pilot Program

Amy Fairweather, JD, Director of Policy, Swords to Plowshares


Session 3: Innovative Solutions: How to Engage, How to House, How to Sustain

Date: August 11, 2022, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET


Explore innovative housing solutions for Veterans experiencing homelessness

Identify effective strategies for engaging and housing Veterans

Describe how a holistic approach can provide a sustainable model for housing Veterans and increasing their overall health and well-being


VCP Village: Built by Veterans for Veterans

Vincent Morales, Co-founder, Veterans Community Project

A Holistic Approach to Community Integration

Dylan Tête, Executive Director and Founder, Bastion Community of Resilience


Register here.