On any given night, there are as many as 1,258 veterans experiencing homelessness living on the streets, in emergency shelters, or transitional housing programs in Arizona. Consider the fact that over fifty percent of the homeless veteran population lives in Maricopa County, and clearly, you see a growing problem walking the Valley streets. But there is a solution. Project H3: VETS hopes to work towards that solution.
Project H3 VETS launched during Veterans' Day week in November 2011. Approximately 175 community volunteers and stakeholders combed valley streets and shelters and began the process of identifying and using the Vulnerability Index to survey 1,100-1,200 homeless veterans by the close of the Arizona StandDown on February 5, 2012.
Data collected during Survey Week and thereafter is being used to target the most chronically homeless veterans who are at greatest risk of premature death on the streets with permanent housing and support services through the HUD-VASH program. The other veterans will be targeted with additional resources that best meet their needs. The vouchers are only a first step to a successful transition out of homelessness.
Before Project H3 VETS, the process to house a chronically homeless veteran in the HUD-VASH program was an average of 126 days. Project H3 VETS works with community partners, navigation teams, and Local, State, and Federal agencies, utilizing the process/practices learned during Project H3 to house chronically homeless veterans in a quarter of the time.
Ending Chronic Veteran Homelessness
On Veterans Day 2013, Mayor Greg Stanton, Senator John McCain and leaders of our partner organizations announced a plan to get these 56 veterans in doors and off the streets by the end of November 2013 and to be permanently housed by the next Arizona StandDown, February 14th 2014, bringing this population to a functional zero.
Since the launch of Project H3 VETS in 2011 over 164 veterans experiencing chronic homelessness have been housed, with a 93% success rate for remaining housed. The most recent street survey completed in October 2013, identified the remaining 56 chronically homeless veterans on the streets of Greater Phoenix., revealing a 62% decrease in this population since the project's initiation.
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How You Can Help
Project H3 VETS is also looking for corporate community partners and generous individuals willing to help these homeless heroes leave the streets behind. We continue to house chronically homeless veterans we find through our various outreach mechanisms (many mentioned above). Your donation can help to bring another veteran home and support them to remain stably housed. Donate today.