As part of a national commitment to prevent veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Veterans Denver Medical Center and multiple community partners will host a Homeless Forum on Oct. 14. Local VAs work with community-based resources nationwide to provide collaboration between programs that deliver food, shelter, clothing and health screenings to veterans confronting homelessness.

W. Todd Grams, VA Executive in Charge for the Office of Management and Chief Financial Officer, will speak at the Homeless Forum, to be held at the VA Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other community leaders will also be present and addressing the attendees prior to “break out” sessions in which all attendees can brainstorm ideas for collaboration and improvement of programs for homeless veterans.

In keeping with President Obama’s vision to honor and support the men and women who have preserved our freedom, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has established a priority goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans by 2015. VA chose Denver as one of 28 locations to spearhead this mission. “Those who have served this nation as veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope,” Shinseki said.

In addition to providing housing, employment and healthcare services to veterans who are homeless, VA’s campaign aims to prevent homelessness by connecting veterans and their families with support before they lose their housing. Veterans lose their homes when financial, employment, health or legal challenges overwhelm them. VA is integrating access to services for all of these issues in a one-stop hotline through the VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, 877-4AID-VET, staffed by trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

VA’s homeless programs constitute the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country, offering a wide array of services that help veterans get back on track toward self sufficient and independent lives.