Collaboration is not always easy but the benefits and potential force multipliers are well worth the effort. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are in robust collaboration to achieve a daring administration goal to end veteran homelessness across the US by 2015. Each agency's success in achieving this audacious goal clearly depends on close and effective collaboration with the other. To be clear, the joint agency collaboration, like any meaningful partnership, must go beyond meeting together and talking about partnering. The collaboration begins at the very top with VASecretary Eric K. Shinseki and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan committing to end veteran homelessness by 2015. They charged their staff to assess how the two agencies could better work together to achieve this goal. The genesis of this journey to end veteran homeless was a joint decision about how to use applicable data to measure performance.
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