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Understanding Veteran homelessness

Download a colour poster for display to help Veterans in need find assistance.

Veteran homelessness is unacceptable in Canada. One homeless Veteran is one too many.

To make a difference, our staff across the country continue outreach efforts to engage and support homeless Veterans and those at risk of homelessness.

We know that these efforts are most effective when we collaborate with others. That is why we work in partnership with community organizations, other levels of government, and other federal government departments and agencies to address Veteran homelessness.

Support for homeless Veterans across Canada

A national map of local organizations providing support for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Emergency funds

Quick access to funds for eligible Veterans and their families who are facing an unexpected financial emergency.

Video for first responders

The Back in step video was created to help first responders identify and address Veteran homelessness.

Research and statistics

Addressing homelessness is a shared responsibility. It requires a whole-of-government approach that also includes non-profit organizations and stakeholders. To properly address Veteran homelessness, it is important to understand the scale of the issue.

Roundtable on homelessness

On June 7, 2018, more than 65 national and regional organizations gathered in Ottawa to attend the Roundtable on Homelessness hosted by the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Outreach and partnerships

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has provided information on its programs and services to approximately 200 community organizations that work with the homeless in more than 50 cities across the country.

Additional information

Mental health and wellness

People with serious mental illness are disproportionately affected by homelessness. VAC offers counselling and compensation for the mental health needs of Veterans.

Canada’s homelessness strategy

Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada.

Life after service

VAC works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to help ensure that Veterans are prepared for their release and can have a successful transition to civilian life.

Canada's National Housing Strategy

The National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $55+ billion plan creating a new generation of housing in Canada to help give more Canadians a place to call home.

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