OPERATION HOME Task Force: Operating as a committee of the Governor’s Working Group, the Task Force works to address and end veteran homelessness in North Carolina. To achieve its mission, the Task Force seeks to implement a highly coordinated and resourced network of support that includes elected leadership, key statewide agencies, federal agencies, local and regional service and housing providers, and Veteran service organizations. It encourages and supports the multi-faceted good work being done in many communities across the state by securing resources, providing technical assistance, and convening work groups to address specific challenges. The Operation Home Task Force meets monthly at the NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs in Raleigh.

NC Homeless Veterans 2014

NC Homeless Veterans 2015

NC Homeless Veterans 2016

NC Homeless Veterans 2017

An Overall 20% Decrease since 2011

2017 Homeless Veteran Point-in-Time Count

The numbers of homeless veterans are determined through a nationwide annual Point-in-Time Count conducted during the last week in January. Teams across North Carolina collect information about veterans as well as the general homeless population, who are staying in shelters or transitional housing. Many communities also conduct a count of those living in unsheltered conditions including cars, tents, abandoned houses, or any place not meant for human habitation.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Catchment Areas

Each Medical Center has an on-site homeless team that provides access to services, housing, and supports for homeless Veterans, including rental housing vouchers and case management services for disabled homeless veterans via the HUD/VASH program. VAMC services are provided in designated catchment areas. 5 separate Medical Centers with homeless teams serve North Carolina, with one of those located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC)

Services to the homeless, including Veterans, are organized and supported through planning entities referred to as Continuum of Care. The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness serves as the lead agency for the Balance of State Continuum of Care, which comprises 79 mostly rural counties of North Carolina’s 100 counties. These counties are further organized into 13 regions, each having a Veterans point of contact.

Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Programs

Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans. Funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and implemented by non-profit agencies, there are 13 programs in North Carolina, situated in 4 of the VA catchment areas.