Evaluation of Low Demand Safe Havens for Homeless Veterans

About the Project

This project is designing, implementing, evaluating, refining, and providing technical assistance to Safe Haven Housing Programs funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Safe Havens utilize a community-based, early recovery model of supportive housing and rely on harm reduction practices to serve hard-to-reach and hard-to-engage chronically homeless Veterans with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Safe Havens operate 24hr/7 days a week and do not require sobriety or compliance with treatment for admission to or continued stay in the program. Safe Haven residents are expected to transition within a six-month period to permanent supported housing. Minor infractions (e.g., curfew) are not typically grounds for dismissal from Low Demand programs, though such instances are used as opportunities to engage Veterans.

Principal Investigator

M. Scott Young, PhD

Funding Agency

Department of Veteran Affairs

Award Amount



01/01/2010 - 07/31/2014