OPERATION HOME Task Force: Operating as a committee of the Governor’s Working Group, the Task Force works to address and end veteran homelessness in North Carolina. To achieve its mission, the Task Force seeks to implement a highly coordinated and resourced network of support that includes elected leadership, key statewide agencies, federal agencies, local and regional service and housing providers, and Veteran service organizations. It encourages and supports the multi-faceted good work being done in many communities across the state by securing resources, providing technical assistance, and convening work groups to address specific challenges. The Operation Home Task Force meets monthly at the NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs in Raleigh.

 

For more information, contact Terry Allebaugh, Ending Veteran Homelessness Coordinator.


 

2017 Homeless Veteran Point-in-Time Count
The numbers of homeless veterans are determined through a nationwide annual Point-in-Time Count conducted during the last week in January. Teams across North Carolina collect information about veterans as well as the general homeless population, who are staying in shelters or transitional housing. Many communities also conduct a count of those living in unsheltered conditions including cars, tents, abandoned houses, or any place not meant for human habitation.

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Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC)
Services to the homeless, including Veterans, are organized and supported through planning entities referred to as Continuum of Care. The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness serves as the lead agency for the Balance of State Continuum of Care, which comprises 79 mostly rural counties of North Carolina’s 100 counties. These counties are further organized into 13 regions, each having a Veterans point of contact.

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Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Catchment Areas
Each Medical Center has an on-site homeless team that provides access to services, housing, and supports for homeless Veterans, including rental housing vouchers and case management services for disabled homeless veterans via the HUD/VASH program. VAMC services are provided in designated catchment areas. 5 separate Medical Centers with homeless teams serve North Carolina, with one of those located in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Programs
Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans. Funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and implemented by non-profit agencies, there are 13 programs in North Carolina, situated in 4 of the VA catchment areas.

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Members of the OPERATION HOME Task Force

Terry Allebaugh, Ending Veteran Homelessness Coordinator
NC Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

Cajun Comeau, Field Consultant, North Atlantic District
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Ehren Dohler, Project Specialist
North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Wei Li Fang, Ph.D., Director for Research and Evaluation
Governor’s Institute

Judy Harmon
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Matthew King, Director of Office of Community and Planning Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Greensboro Office

Denise Neunaber, Executive Director
North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Jeff Smith, Military and Veterans Liaison
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources

Shirley Wong, Division Director of Public Housing
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Greensboro Office

Jennifer Colbert, Regional Coordinator for Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Veterans Health Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Hank Debnam, Cumberland Site Director and Military/Veterans Point of Contact
Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Jeffrey Doyle, Network Homeless Coordinator
VA Mid-Atlantic Care Network (VISN 6), US Department of Veterans Affairs

Scott Farmer, Director of Rental Housing
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

Angela Harper King, Supportive Housing Specialist
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Deborah Lee, HUD-VASH Regional Coordinator
Veterans Health Administration, Homeless Program Office, VA Central Office

Jim Prosser, Deputy Secretary
North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Lucas Vrbsky, Health Care for Reentry Veterans Specialist
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Amatullah Yamini, Senior Management Analyst
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Greensboro Office