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VA Homeless CHALENG Summit by West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

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The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

7305 North Military Trail

Room 4B116-117

Riviera Beach, FL 33410

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The West Palm Beach (WPB) VA Medical Center invites you to our annual Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) Summit. We will discuss Veteran Homelessness in our community, our community partnerships, the progress made and what still needs to happen to end Veteran Homelessness in Palm Beach County and the Northern Counties that WPB VA serves. The Summit will include information and data from the 2016 Project CHALENG. We will have expert guest speakers and Veterans who will share their personal journey to becoming housed. This is a great opportunity to network and learn more about the community, what has been accomplished, what is needed and how you can be a part of the progress.

The Project CHALENG unites homeless service providers, advocates, Veterans and concerned citizens toward the goal of meeting the evolving needs of Veterans who are homeless. This process describes the needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness, identifies the barriers they face in obtaining permanent housing and works to resolve them through planning and cooperative action.

Since 1994, CHALENG has built thousands of partnerships—involving community and Veterans’ groups, law enforcement agencies and federal, state and local government—that are improving services for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Project CHALENG has two main components:

  • CHALENG surveys that assess local challenges faced by Veterans experiencing homelessness, identify unmet needs and encourage partnership action to meet those needs

  • CHALENG meetings fostering collaboration between VA and community service providers to address CHALENG-identified barriers to housing Veterans who are experiencing homelessness and preventing homelessness among Veterans

    Data from CHALENG has assisted the VA with developing new services for Veterans, including the Homeless Veteran Dental Program, the expansion of the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing program, the Veterans Justice Outreach programs and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Community organizations also use CHALENG data in applications for grants that assemble VA, other government and foundation dollars to address the local needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

    The data for Project CHALENG is collected from the annual CHALENG Survey. Please take a moment to complete the online survey using the link below which will be used as a guide to determine where resources will be placed to help end homelessness right here in our community.

    http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3293773/CHALENG-2017



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