The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) approached the Commission in 2008-2009 to partner on three initiatives aimed at addressing homelessness among veterans:
(1) fostering replication of Veterans Treatment Courts;
(2) supporting the Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative; and
(3) removing barriers to housing and self-sufficiency by addressing child support arrears.
The Commission’s Homeless Veterans Justice Initiative aims to support the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the V.A. by focusing on removing legal barriers—both civil and criminal—to benefits, employment, housing, treatment and services.
Issues in the News
Allow the VA to Provide Legal Aid for Homeless Vets (March, 2020)
Help End Veterans Homelessness (June, 2019)
The Commission developed ABA policy in support of the creation of Veterans Treatment Courts; it was approved by the ABA House of Delegates in February, 2010. The policy, Resolution 105A, outlines a roadmap of guiding principles for jurisdictions interested in replicating this highly effective treatment court model which serves as a mechanism to prevent homelessness among vulnerable veterans. The Commission is showcasing Veterans Treatment Courts and the V.A.’s Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative through programming held at ABA Midyear and Annual Meetings as well as at national conferences hosted by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.