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Project CHALENG: Social Service Agencies Helping Homeless Veterans
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on September 13, 2012 @ 12:19PM
Created on September 12, 2012 @ 5:43PM
Groups who work to help the homeless veterans were together in Clarksburg on Wednesday to talk about their plans for the future.

Almost 20 years ago, the VA started Project CHALENG. It stands for Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups. Social service agencies from 26 counties talk about how they can help get homeless veterans integrated back into the community. Some of the services they provide include education, employment and benefits.

One former homeless veteran who was helped a few years ago comes back year after year to see what programs there are. He said homeless veterans need to realize when to ask for help.

CHALENG helped about 400 veterans last year.
More Information: The CHALENG Process

In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, an innovative program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans' needs and to plan to meet those needs.  Click Here for to read more.

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