Frances Murphy, M.D., M.P.H., deputy undersecretary for health policy
coordination at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), testified before a
congressional committee in March 2000 that the VA is "the only federal
agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless
persons.... [Its] major homeless programs constitute the largest integrated
network of homeless assistance programs in the country." These are among
Taken as a whole, the VA's programs are designed to provide a continuum of
care for homeless veterans. That care includes outreach and clinical
assessment, rehabilitation in community-based contracted residential
treatment, and case management that supports independent living.
Through the Northeast Program Evaluation Center, the VA conducts the
country's most extensive and long-standing program of monitoring and
evaluating data concerning homeless individuals and the programs that serve
them, according to Murphy.