In 1987, the Dayton VAMC Health Care for the Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program was established initially to address the needs of chronically mentally ill Veterans. In 1993, the services were broadened to include a larger population due to the increasing number of homeless Veterans. The mission of the HCHV program is to end homelessness among Veterans through outreach efforts and community partnerships. Assistance is provided in helping Veterans in gaining access to VA Medical Services, financial benefits and discharge documents. Services include referrals to medical and psychiatric assessments, alcohol and drug treatment, case management, and assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and temporary shelter. HCHV staff also provides linkage to transitional housing through VA and Community Providers, assists with finding affordable housing and assist with finding employment. Any Veteran who has been honorably discharged and meets all other criteria for VA treatment or hospitalization is eligible for the HCHV program.