California is home to the largest veteran population in the nation. Unfortunately, many of them experience homelessness on any given night. Homeless veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population and veteran status is associated with a higher risk of homelessness.

Finding affordable homes can be extremely difficult for veterans, especially they have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, or live with mental-health issues. Remaining stably housed can be even more difficult. Oftentimes veterans need additional support (for example mental-health services) in order to live stable, healthy lives.

In addition to policy work on veterans' housing and homelessness, HCD administers the following programs: