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White River Junction VA housed over 127 Veterans experiencing homelessness in 2023 

As part of VA’s nationwide homelessness goals for 2023, the White River Junction VA Healthcare System and its partner agencies have permanently housed 127 homeless veterans.

These placements, along with placements provided by other VA health care systems across America, led to VA housing 46,552 veterans nationwide, meeting and exceeding its national goal by more than 22.5%.

Brett Rusch, MD, executive director of White River Junction VA, credits the White River Junction VA Homeless Services Program team and outstanding community partnerships throughout the region, noting that White River Junction has exceeded the national goal by over 140%.

“This goal was achieved through the hard work and dedication of our homeless programs staff, our grantees and contractors and our valued community partners,” said Rusch. “The progress we’re seeing with veteran homelessness in our Vermont and New Hampshire catchment areas shows that we have the right solutions to end homelessness for all Veterans we care for.”

Meghan Snitkin, White River Junction VA Homeless Services Program manager added, “We couldn’t be more pleased with these results. We share this success with our partner agencies within the Vermont Veterans Committee on Homelessness, including Supportive Services for Veteran Families at the University of Vermont, Veterans Inc., and The Veterans Place. We have found that working with our community partners, using the one team approach, has been instrumental in exceeding our 2023 calendar year goals.”

Ending veteran homelessness is a top priority of VA and President Biden, who has made supporting veterans a key pillar of his Unity Agenda for the nation. We all have a part to play in ending veteran homelessness.

If you are a veteran who is experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838).

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