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CHALENG 2013 Survey Now Open to All Homeless, Formerly Homeless Veterans

Posted December 19, 2013

The CHALENG 2013 survey is now open to all homeless and formerly homeless Veterans, VA, and community partners.

In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, a program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies.  From the VA:

The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans’ needs and to plan to meet those needs.

This survey helps to provide feedback from Veterans and community partners on the services that are needed in the area. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and the feedback does help to better the coordination of services. Please take the survey today to provide the much needed feedback to better serve Veterans in our community.

The CHALENG 2013 survey can be taken 24/7 from now until January 31st, 2014.

The Veterans access to a computer for some could be challenging, possible solutions could include:

  • Libraries
  • Schools
  • Internet cafes
  • Drop in centers
  • Residence
  • Community partners
  • Computer resource labs
  • DOL One Stop Centers
  • Outreach Centers
  • Telephone/ipad

VA and community partners would most likely have more access to computers and are encouraged to help aide those Veterans they are working with in the area.


HUD & VA team up to provide permanent homes to 20 homeless vets in Vermont

Posted May 29, 2013

At last week’s National Coalition for Homeless Veterans annual conference, HUD Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki, reported that HUD will be awarding $60 million to fund 9,000 new vouchers for homeless veterans nationwide. The vouchers will provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans. The new vouchers are a step towards Shineski’s goal to eradicate homelessness among veterans by 2015. There is currently an estimated 60,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

Link to full Washington Post article for more information

In Vermont, the announcement of 20 new HUD-VASH vouchers brings the number of vouchers up to 140. The vouchers are administered in Vermont through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vermont State Housing Authority.


FOR RELEASE, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
CONTACT: HUD: Rhonda Siciliano (617) 994-8335, VA: Josh Taylor (202) 461-7216

“WASHINGTON – Approximately 20 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Vermont will soon find a permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced today that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions. Vermont will receive $120,468 to assist its homeless veterans.

In Vermont, the Vermont State Housing Authority, in partnership with the White River Junction VA Medical Center, was awarded $120,468 to fund 20 vouchers…”

View PDF of Full HUD & VA Press Release