As per AHRQ,” in 2016, nearly 40,000 veterans were homeless on a given night in January, with 13,000 living in the streets.”
Over the last 7 years, roughly 70 percent of H-PACT enrollees graduated from the program into a regular primary care setting once their situation stabilized and they were able to find permanent housing.
Through 2015, the program also reduced both emergency department use and hospitalizations by 25 percent among its target population.
The care H-PACTs provide helps veterans who are homeless to obtain and maintain permanent housing, which is a major factor in the reduction of emergency department use and hospitalizations and improvement of chronic disease management among the population. Ensuring this housing stability means that the program helped contribute to the significant strides toward meeting the goals of the VA’s Five Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness; the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has been cut nearly in half since 2010.
Additionally, HUD’s annual estimate of America’s homeless population found that the number of homeless veterans dropped by more than 8,000 people, a decrease of 17 percent, from just January 2015 to January 2016.”
For more information about the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans’ Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACT), contact Thomas O’Toole, the Director of VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and the National Director of H-PACT, at Thomas.O’Toole@va.gov, or Erin Johnson, the H-PACT Program Coordinator, at Erin.Johnson4@va.gov.
For more information about the article published by ARHQ organization, VA Homelessness_ Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams _ Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality