Can Data End Veteran Homelessness? Ask Virginia
In 2015, Virginia became the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness. To reach this goal, dozens of government and non-government veteran-serving stakeholders came together, shared data, and used it strategically to target limited resources. The effort’s leaders will debunk the myth that using data requires a high-tech solution. They will also discuss the challenges they faced, including privacy concerns, data gaps, and not losing sight of the human experience behind the numbers.
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- What role did data play in targeting limited resources to successfully house more than 3,000 veterans?
- How can government agencies and external partners successfully navigate privacy issues involved in data sharing?
- What were Virginia’s strategies for overcoming both technical and policy barriers to sharing data?
- William Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
- Matthew Leslie, Director, Housing Development for Veterans, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
- Desiree Taylor, Team Lead Case Manager, Focused Outreach Richmond
- Amber Ivey, Sr Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts