256167 Homeless Incidence and Risk Factors for Becoming Homeless in Veterans

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Lin Clegg, PhD , Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
David Daigh Jr., MD, CPA , Office of Healthcare Inspections, U.S.Department of Veterans Affaris, Office of Inspector General, Washington, DC
In November 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Shinseki announced a five-year plan to end homelessness among veterans. Primary prevention of homelessness (preventing the newly homeless from occurring) is an integral strategy of eliminating homelessness in veterans. The most challenging aspect of primary prevention efforts is to identify high-risk populations for outreach. We conducted this study to estimate incidences of becoming homeless (the newly homeless) after military separation and identify risk factors for veterans becoming homeless. To conduct this study, we integrated the data from VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) for the population of almost 500,000 male and female veterans who separated from the military from July 1, 2005, to September 30, 2006. Of the veterans in the population, we followed the 310,685 DoD (including TRICARE) or VA (including VA purchased care through fee basis or contractual agreement) users who did not suffer any homeless episodes before separation from the military, for their experience encountering their first homeless episode from the time they left the military through September 30, 2010. We will present the 5-year homeless incidence rates (by gender and status of participating in the recent military conflict) and the identified risk factors for becoming homeless.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Compare incidences of becoming homeless (the newly homeless) after leaving the military 2. Evaluate risk factors for veterans becoming homeless

Keywords: Homelessness, Risk Factors

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Biostatistics and Program Evaluation Division in the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, transferring from NIH in July 2006. I have over 120 publications, including manuscripts in peer-reviewed professional journals, which include Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrics, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and New England Journal of Medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.