City Engagement

By addressing the housing needs of veterans and their families, cities are pioneering ways to meet similar needs of other special populations.

A recent webinar featured officials from San Francisco and Salt Lake City discussing their progress and offered Four Steps & Five Questions that can you start or support existing work to end veteran homelessness.

Below are examples of specific actions cities can take to support efforts to end veteran homelessness.

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Learn how local leaders in Phoenix and Salt Lake City are defining their announcements about ending chronic veteran homelessness.

NLC is proud to join with federal agencies and national partners to bring proven solutions for ending veteran homelessness into cities. 

In addition to supporting the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers practial advice for enacting change.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information on their efforts and resources dedicated to ending veteran homelessness. To find a list of organizations that administer resources from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, click here.

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates the federal response to homelessness. Their regional coordinators and Solutions Database are key resources for cities committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

Community Solutions is a globally recognized leader for developing and implementing data-driven strategies to end social problems such as homelessness. Over 235 U.S. communities engaged in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, implementing proven methods to end homelessness, and collectively providing a permanent home for 105,580 of the most vulnerable homeless, including 31,171 homeless veterans. To bring an end to chronic and veteran homelessness, Community Solutions has launched the Zero: 2016 campaign. Cities must apply to receive intensive technical assistance to support their efforts. Applications are due September 30, 2014.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a recognized leader providing data, policy recommendations and examples of local solutions for ending veteran homelessness. Click here to see their Five High Impact Steps.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is a long-time leader serving our veterans who are most in need. Their programs, knowledge and policy insights can bring years of experience into your city's efforts.

Philanthropic supporters such as The Home Depot Foundation and Funders Together to End Homelessness are key allies in local efforts as well.

Efforts to support veterans should not end at housing.  To jumpstart your understanding of local level veteran services, NLC offers overviews of the full range of resources available to communities from national organizations.   

For more insight into local level resources, you may start by reaching out to your local veterans service officer to learn the "who's who" of veteran services in your area.  Your county may also consider developing a customizable Network of Care database, which provides a highly organized and searchable directory of local resources available to veterans and other special populations (the website is developed in partnership with counties for a fee).