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Individuals may become homeless for a variety of reasons, ranging from financial difficulties to long-term chronic illness or substance use disorders. Examples of studies by HSR&D researchers include screening Veterans to determine if they are at-risk of becoming homeless, what types of preventive measures work to keep those at-risk Veterans from losing housing, and how to best provide assistance to homeless Veterans

Each section below is populated by a dynamic search of the HSR&D website and its underlying databases. Search results are generated based on the search term "Homelessness". Results are updated regularly, as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 161 HOMELESSNESS focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 39 HOMELESSNESS focused publication briefs)

  • Veterans Do Not Always Receive Appropriate Continuation of OUD Medications During Surgical Hospitalizations
    This study sought to describe practice patterns of perioperative buprenorphine use within VA – and patient outcomes up to 12 months following surgery. Findings showed that the majority of VA surgical patients in this study who received buprenorphine for opioid use disorder experienced a dose hold at some point during the perioperative period despite a trend in clinical guidelines recommending bupr...
    Date: September 20, 2021
  • Personal and Community Risk Factors Associated with Unsheltered Homelessness among Veterans
    This study sought to answer the question, “Among Veterans who have experienced homelessness, what distinguishes those who were recently unsheltered from those who were not?” Findings showed that among Veterans experiencing homelessness, being unsheltered correlated with individual (e.g., poverty) and community risk factors (e.g., poor access to shelter). Veterans who reported being unsheltered wer...
    Date: July 15, 2021
  • VA Workgroup Consensus Statement on Suicide among Homeless Veterans and What We Still Need to Learn
    This article serves as a consensus statement by the recently formed VA Suicide Prevention among Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Workgroup – and provides a brief overview of current initiatives to prevent suicide among homeless Veterans. This consensus statement also discusses methods of conducting research within this complex subset of the Veteran population, as well as future research endeavor...
    Date: April 1, 2021
  • Temporary Financial Assistance Improves Homeless Veterans’ Odds of Becoming Stably Housed
    Temporary financial assistance (TFA) provides funds for rent, utility payments, security deposits, and other housing-related expenses for Veterans who have lost – or are at risk of losing – stable housing. This study sought to determine whether TFA improves housing outcomes for Veterans with housing instability. Findings showed that compared to Veterans not receiving temporary financial assistance...
    Date: February 10, 2021
  • Use of VHA Homeless Programs Decreases Suicide
    This study assessed whether participation in VHA Homeless Programs is associated with reduced risk of all-cause and suicide mortality among Veterans with housing instability. Findings showed that the use of VHA Homeless Programs among Veterans reporting housing instability was significantly associated with reduced hazards of all-cause and suicide mortality. More than one-half of Veterans reporting...
    Date: November 18, 2020

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( 5 of more than 22 HOMELESSNESS focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 18-244 Capturing the Dynamics of Homelessness through Ethnography and Mobile Technology McInnes, Donald 2020-08-01
PPO 15-188 Exploring Exits From Homelessness for Veterans with Serious Mental Illness Gabrielian, Sonya 2016-04-01
IIR 13-334 Identifying and Measuring Risk for Homelessness among Veterans Montgomery, Ann 2015-07-01
IIR 12-084 Current Evidence and Early Warning Indicators of Homelessness Risk Among Veterans Gundlapalli, Adiseshu 2013-12-01
RRP 11-421 Screening and Referring Women Veterans for Homelessness Vulnerability Washington, Donna 2012-08-01

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The most recent "Homelessness" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
5/4/2022 Innovative Applications of Video Telehealth in Veteran Healthcare: Two Projects Zeidler, Michelle  
Garvin, Lynn  
Sarmiento, Kathleen  
4/21/2020 Playing Cards and Graphic Medicine: Connecting Veterans to Housing and Mental Health Services through Innovative, Veteran-Facing Products Bond, Allison  
Williams, Elizabeth  
Juhasz, Katherine  
Facundo, Ray  
2/12/2018 They’re Homeless in a Home: Retaining Veterans in VA Supported Housing Gabrielian, Sonya  

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Other Resources

  • Visit the VA website's main resource page for Veterans and their families who are facing housing challenges.
  • Learn more about the research and methodology being used to identify, evaluate, and eliminate Veteran homelessness.


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