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4 Best Nonprofits Working to End Veteran Homelessness

By    |   Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 10:21 AM

The federal government set a goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Numerous government and nonprofit organizations have joined the effort to reach that goal.

Here are four nonprofits considered standouts for their work in combating homelessness among U.S. veterans.

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1. Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Four-star-rated by Charity Navigator, the 1.2 million-member Disabled Americans Veterans (DAV) helps veterans "lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity" by ensuring they and their families "can access the full range of benefits available to them," according to the organization's mission statement. Featured on the Department of Veterans Affairs' alternative resources Web page, DAV also works to connect in-need service members with housing through its Homeless Veterans Initiative.

2. United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS)
The Center for Public Integrity named U.S.VETS as one of the country's Top 25 veterans charities in a 2014 investigative survey. The organization says its role is "providing housing, employment and counseling services to our nation's veterans." The 11 U.S. VETS chapters nationwide work to "find homeless veterans and guide them to crucial services that might help alleviate the challenges they face as a result of their homelessness."

3. National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
Featured prominently on the Department of Veterans Affairs' alternative resources Web page, NCHV calls itself "the most comprehensive source of information about America's homeless veterans." Its role is to provide technical resources and research to a nationwide network of organizations — governmental and nonprofit — that in turn provide "emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year."

4. American Veterans (AMVETS)
Through its highly rated National Service Foundation, and in conjunction with organizations including the aforementioned NCHV, AMVETS provides grassroots programs such as "Stand Down," which helps homeless veterans find shelter refuge from the streets and begin to get their lives together. AMVETS also works with the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, and is one of the non-governmental organizations recommended by the VA for addressing this critical issue.

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