Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Manage Their Money: A Guide for Case Managers

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Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Manage Their Money: A Guide for Case Managers

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

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Eric Elbogen

Eric Elbogen, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), Researcher, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Professor, Duke University School of Medicine



Allison Bond

Allison Bond, LCSW, Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRC) & Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Outreach National Program Manager, VHA Homeless Programs



Janine Griggs

Janine Griggs, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Program Specialist, National Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Office, VHA Homeless Programs



Jesse Vazzano

Jesse Vazzano, LICSW, National Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-VA Supportive Housing (VASH), VHA Homeless Programs




Veterans comprise 7% of the homeless population. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 37,085 Veterans experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019, a 51% decline since 2009.  Research shows there are many reasons and risk factors underlying these numbers, including: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and criminal justice contact.  However, another potential – and sometimes overlooked -- contributor to homelessness lies in the challenge of achieving financial stability after military service.Dr. Eric Elbogen, researcher at the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, will present a brief psychoeducational, recovery-oriented money management intervention called $teps for Achieving Financial Empowerment ($AFE). Designed primarily for case managers working with Veterans with psychiatric disabilities, $AFE has been tested and shows that when Veterans use the skills learned in the program, they demonstrate less impulsive buying; greater knowledge about finances; more responsible spending/saving; increased number of hours working; and Increased engagement in vocational activities. Following the $AFE overview, representatives from VHA Homeless Programs, including Health Care for Homeless Veterans, HUD-VASH, and Grant & Per Diem, will discuss how the issue of financial empowerment is being addressed in these programs and the feasibility of incorporating $AFE into current practices.

Audience:  Multi-disciplinary staff serving homeless Veterans.  Participants may include but are not limited to physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, case managers, housing specialists, peer support specialists, team leaders, supervisors, and Network Homeless Coordinators.

Modality:  Virtual conference (webinar)

Credit/hours:  1



VANTS:  1-800-767-1750 Passcode:  92715#  for audio to hear the presentation

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At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to: 

  1. Discuss how case managers perform informal money management services in different VA homelessness programs.
  2. Recognize the role of financial literacy in homelessness among Veterans.
  3. Identify factors associated with money mismanagement in Veterans, including those at risk of homelessness.
  4. Describe research on interventions to improve money management in Veterans with psychiatric disabilities.
  5. Identify five steps to facilitate financial empowerment in Veterans in VA homelessness programs.

For more information on the webinar, please call Nora Hunt-Johnson (215) 823-5800 x 207087 or email

The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans promotes the development of policy and practice that targets ending and preventing Veteran homelessness through supporting the implementation of relevant research findings into clinical practice, providing education and training for VA and community partners, disseminating evidence-based and emerging best practices, and developing new empirical knowledge. Connecting Research to Practice presents current research on homeless populations that has implications for the field.  This occasional forum provides clinicians, VA homeless program managers, and front line staff the opportunity to discuss particular research studies and how findings might be considered in planning, developing, or implementing services for Veterans with experience of homelessness.