In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs committed to ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Significant steps have been taken to get our heroes the services they need with, roughly, 50,000 fewer veterans experiencing homelessness than a decade ago. However, there is still much work still to do. Congress has continued working to improve the variety of Federal programs that currently exist to support homeless veterans. This includes permanent housing, transitional housing, prevention services, treatment, and employment programs.