The federal government is the largest provider of services to veterans. It also provides substantial health care, housing, training and employment resources and policy governance that impact the delivery of services and related programs for veterans. The Veterans Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, for example, jointly manage the VASH program (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) with local housing agencies. VASH provides both a rent assistance voucher and case management services to low income veterans. The VA provides an array of grants and service contracts to local community providers to assist veterans with mental health needs. These programs are designed to complement and enhance state and local assistance to veterans.

CAVSA works to maximize the federal resources coming to California to improve veterans’ mental health services and to facilitate greater collaboration between and among federal, state, local and community based agencies.