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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 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 search of the HSR website. Search results are generated based on the search term "Homelessness". Results are updated as new data are available.

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(5 of more than 171 HOMELESSNESS focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 42 HOMELESSNESS focused publication briefs)

  • VA's Comprehensive Approach to Ending Homelessness Brought Larger Gains than in the General Population
    This analysis compared Veteran homelessness to homelessness in the general population during a 16-year study period. Findings showed that over the 13-year active period of Ending Veteran Homelessness initiative, there was a 55% decrease in homelessness among Veterans compared with a 9% decrease among the general population. Interviews with policy leaders suggest that adopting a “Housing First” pol...
    Date: January 29, 2024
  • Significant Increase in Telehealth for Primary Care among Homeless Veterans Following the Pandemic
    This study sought to examine the extent to which homeless-experienced Veterans used telehealth services in primary care – and to characterize users before and after the onset of the pandemic. Findings showed that despite decreased access to health information technology and low pre-pandemic telehealth use, Veterans experiencing homelessness sustained a high use of telehealth in primary care post-p...
    Date: January 22, 2024
  • Homelessness Associated with Increased Rates of All-Cause Mortality among Veterans with Lung and Colorectal Cancer
    This study sought to characterize the diagnosis, treatment, surgical outcomes, and mortality of unhoused compared to housed patients who received care in VA for lung, colorectal cancer (CRC), and breast cancer. Findings showed that homelessness was associated with increased rates of mortality for lung and colorectal cancer, as well as later stage at diagnosis for colorectal cancer. Veterans experi...
    Date: December 21, 2023
  • 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

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( 5 of more than 23 HOMELESSNESS focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 22-048 Keeping the Front Door Open: Preventing Homelessness through the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans Montgomery, Ann 2023-10-01
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

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The most recent "Homelessness" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
5/8/2024 Tailoring Evidence Based Addiction Management to Veterans in the Homeless Program Ryder, Kathryn  
Sonnier, Chava Eve  
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.


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