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Sustaining an End to Veteran Homelessness


In June 2019, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released updated criteria and benchmarks that will help communities achieve long-term, lasting solutions for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Connecticut was one of the first two states to announce a functional end to Veteran homelessness in 2016. With this success came the state’s initial attempts to meaningfully sustain our functional zero for this population. The benchmarks and criteria outlined by USICH help inform CTs approach towards maintaining and sustaining our progress to date. USICH highlights five criteria and four benchmarks as guidance for achieving an end to Veteran Homelessness. The major updates include:

  • Finding ways to collaborate and share information in a more holistic manner, allowing all partners in the effort to share data, best practices and resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Providing clarification on Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs and how to consider them with the outlined criteria and benchmarks.

For more information from the updated “Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness,” click here.


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