California’s Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program (Proposition 41) at Mid-Course.
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
California’s electorate passed Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHPP) Bond Act, in 2014, providing $600 million over five years in general obligation bonds to fund affordable housing for veterans. The Act is being implemented by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in close cooperation with the state Department of Veterans Affairs and the California Housing Finance Agency. To help with some aspects of the measure’s implementation, the HCD enlisted the assistance of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California Davis. This presentation will review the epidemiology of homelessness among veterans in California and nationally, the primary provisions of the VHHP Program, what the VHHP Program has funded and accomplished to date, and some of the challenges encountered in implementing the Act. The presentation will also review, to some extent, the role of the VA in addressing homelessness and lessons learned in addressing homelessness among veterans that may be broadly applicable.
Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California, Davis. Among his various roles at the Institute, he serves as Chief Medical Officer of the California Department of Managed Health Care; Chief Quality Improvement Consultant for the Medi-Cal Quality Improvement Program; and Director of the California Cancer Reporting and Epidemiologic Surveillance Program. Dr. Kizer is an internationally respected health care leader who has the rare distinction of having been elected to both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration. He currently chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s Committee on Housing, Health and Homelessness.