The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently released an interim report about the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD). The report describes VHPD's first year of implementation, including the characteristics of clients from the program's five sites and the challenges of administering the program.
VHPD is a 3-year, $15 million collaborative effort between HUD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Labor (DOL). It is the first federal program to offer homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance to veterans and their families. The VHPD has five sites; each site is associated with a nearby military base and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center and programs are administered through Continuum of Care (CoC) organizations in these locations. The sites are in Utica, New York; Tampa Bay, Florida; Tacoma, Washington; San Diego, California; and Austin, Texas.
The interim report establishes the foundation for the outcomes analysis that will be presented in the final report, scheduled to be available in early 2015.