According to Public Law 100-77 “the McKinney Act” of 1987, a homeless person:
- is one who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; and
- who has a primary nighttime residence that is
- a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter,
- a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or
- a public or private place not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
In developing outreach programs to homeless Veterans, hospice staff should start with the knowledge that:
- Every medical center has a homeless Veteran services coordinator who is responsible for providing outreach and services for homeless or at-risk Veterans
- All VA enrolled Veterans are entitled to VA payment of hospice care across all settings regardless of their service connection
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans is an initiative directed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Center seeks to end rampant homelessness among Veterans by providing those Veterans with job training, housing, health care, and education.
Make the call at 1-877-424-3838 or visit the website.