“Homeless,” “homeless individual,” and “homeless person” refers to:
1. A person who does not have a normal and permanent area of residence.
2. A person who has a regular area of residence which is a managed public or private shelter, which only provides temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, transitional housing for the mentally challenged and congregate shelters), or an institution that will provide you with temporary residential services for people who need to be institutionalized, or a private or public resident not meant for or normal residential use or permanent accommodation for anyone.
The VA has numerous programs that aim to help homeless ex-soldiers directly. Some of these programs include the basics, such as providing food and shelter, plus permanent solutions, which offer rehab training and health services.
The coordinators at the VA concerned with homeless veterans offer outreach programs which assist in expediting the homeless ex-soldiers claims. The Homeless Eligibility Clarification Act allows eligible veterans who do not have a fixed address to get VA benefits checks from VA regional offices. There are also procedures at the VA which speed up the process of claiming benefits. The previous year, over 35,000 were assisted, and 4,000 had their claims expedited by the Veterans Benefits Administration.
VA’s HCHV (Health Care for Homeless Veterans) Program can be found at 133 sites, and has numerous health activities and programs that aim to help the homeless ex-soldiers.