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VA Launches Veteran Homelessness Outreach Campaign

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Shinseki noted that 28 communities  from Atlanta to Hawaii  will host special programs this fall highlighting local services for homeless veterans, their families and those at risk of becoming homeless.

"Working with our partners in state and local government, the nonprofit and the private sectors, we can restore our homeless veterans and their families to the lives of dignity they've earned," Shinseki added.

This fiscal year, VA officials said, the department expects to spend $3.4 billion to provide health care to homeless veterans and $800 million in specialized homeless programs, citing studies that say more than 75,000 veterans are homeless on a typical night, and about 135,000 spend at least one night a year in a homeless shelter.

Since March 2010, VA has offered a toll-free telephone number, staffed around the clock by trained professionals, to help homeless veterans, their families and at-risk people. The number is 877-4AID-VET, or 877-424-3838.

Recently, VA has transformed the focus of its efforts from temporary, shelter-based services to prevention, employment, permanent housing and help to families and veterans at risk of becoming homeless, officials said.

Here is the schedule for special awareness and outreach programs:

-- Alaska: Anchorage, today;

-- Arizona: Phoenix, Oct. 18-19;

-- California: San Francisco, Oct. 19, and Los Angeles and San Diego, today;

-- Colorado: Denver, Oct. 14;

-- District of Columbia: Oct. 14;

-- Florida: Miami, Oct. 21;

-- Georgia: Atlanta, Oct. 29;

-- Hawaii: Kauai, Oct. 14, and Oahu, Oct. 17;

-- Illinois: Chicago, today;

-- Louisiana: New Orleans, Oct. 22;

-- Massachusetts: Boston, Oct. 20;

-- Michigan: Detroit, Oct. 12;

-- Missouri: St. Louis, Oct. 17;

-- Montana: Billings, yesterday;

-- Nevada: Las Vegas, Oct. 6;

-- New York: Canandaigua, today, and New York Harbor, Oct. 21;

-- North Carolina: Fayetteville, today;

-- Ohio: Cleveland, today;

-- Pennsylvania: Lebanon, today;

-- South Dakota: Sioux Falls, today;

-- Tennessee: Memphis, yesterday;

-- Texas: Houston, Oct. 20, and Dallas, Oct. 18; and

-- Washington: Seattle, today.


Biographies:

Eric K. Shinseki  [ http://www.va.gov/opa/bios/bio_shinseki.asp ]

Related Sites:

Department of Veterans Affairs  [ http://www.va.gov/ ]

VA Programs for Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Their Families  [ http://www.va.gov/homeless ]