130. The VA’s New Definition of Homeless Veteran


Dear Friends and Wanderingvets

Well so far I am not impressed with Dr. James Peake and his leadership of the Veterans Administration. He has certainly made an effort to get those “fake homeless vets” off of his watch.

In just a few short months under his direction, he has shown this nation how to reduce Veteran Homelessness by re-writing the definition of what a Homeless Veteran is, or at least adding to the definition of the McKinney-Vento Act.

The NEW Definition of Veteran Homelessness is as follows:

Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I, Subsection 11302 of the United States Code

(a) In general

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” [1] includes-

(1) an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

(2) an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is-

(A) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);

(B) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or

(C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

(b) Income eligibility

(1) In general

A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise applicable to such program.

(2) Exception

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 [29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.].

(c) Exclusion

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual” does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of the Congress or a State law.

[1] So in original. Probably should be “‘homeless individual’ or ‘homeless person’ “Dr. Peake and those wily people in the Ministry of Red Tape and Other Mischief at the VA have added a few new inclusions and exclusions to what does qualify or does not qualify to being a Homeless Veteran.To Qualify To Be A Homeless Veteran:One must me in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act as stated above and:

  • Spend the night in a approved Emergency or Transitional Shelter between an unknown unset date sometime in January through April 1st (90 days) of every year in various regions of certain Continuum of Cares as denoted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Not be Unsheltered or “Living Rough”
  • Volunteer to be counted inaccurately and have all your data lost as far as Veteran and Disability Status
  • If there is no room for you at the Shelters, be prepared to sit outside and wait until there is “space available” for you to be counted, even though there could be legal ramifications from local municipalities for this action.

Which Homeless Veterans do not qualify as Homeless Veterans?

  • All Homeless Veterans that HUD lost the survey data on.
  • If there is no Emergency or Transitional Shelter in your area for you to be counted at due to over 3,400 closures in the last 10 years.
  • Those that could not find room in an Emergency or Transitional Shelter during the proper time frame.
  • All Unsheltered Homeless Veterans, including those living under bridges, etc. (I guess Dr. Peake proved Bill O’Reilly correct then)
  • All Veterans, those that are still homeless the other 275 days a year.
  • Those Veterans that became Homeless after the counting period.
  • Those that register at VA Hospitals, Operation Stand Downs or State Agencies.

It seems to me the Romans held a more accurate census in the time of Christ than HUD and the VA can manage in the modern age.



3 Responses to “130. The VA’s New Definition of Homeless Veteran”

  1. March 11, 2008 at 11:59 am

    It’s not just Americans, nor just vets: it’s a pervasive attitude towards all homeless people.

    I worked for the census in Canada and after we turned in our results we were chastised for counting “all these homeless people; if they’re not in a shelter or group home, you DON’T COUNT THEM.”

  2. March 11, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Silly me…

    All of this time I thought that all of the Veteran’s I’ve met here in San Luis Obispo who were sleeping behind buildings, under bushes or in empty fields were homeless.

    I’m sure glad that the VA cleared that all up for all of us. (NOT!)

  3. 3 Elizabeth
    March 21, 2008 at 9:19 am

    It is a DISGRACE that our Veterans are not being adequately counted just because they could not find a “shelter”. I guess our Veterans only matter as long as they were giving their all in the trenches and battle zones in foreign lands.

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