1 616 458-5102 1120 Monroe Ave. NW Suite 220, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We’re looking for veterans who have experienced housing instability in the past to impact & inform policy, make strategic decisions, and take action as we work to make sure all Veterans have a safe place to call home

What is the VAB?

The Veteran Action Board (VAB) is a committee of Veterans who have lived experience of housing instability and serve in an advocacy capacity at the local, state, and federal levels. In an effort to end homelessness and increase well-being for Veterans in the community, the VAB’s primary goals are to elevate consumer voices in policy discussions, develop consumers as key advocates in important issues related to homelessness, evaluate current best practices, and inform the strategic decision-making of the Continuum of Care (CoC).

The VAB is a subcommittee of the CoC and at least one VAB member has a seat on the CoC Steering Council.


To serve as a recommending body to the CoC in order to incorporate consumer feedback within policy, strategic decisions, and action items under the effort to end Veteran homelessness.

Get Involved

We’re looking for Veterans who have lived experience of housing instability and who would like to participate at all levels of implementation, evaluation, and plan revision. Representation can include Veterans who are at risk of experiencing homelessness, are currently experiencing homelessness, or have formerly experienced homelessness.

Why apply for the Veteran Action Board?

  • Make a difference in your community by advocating for those with similar experiences and inspiring others to take action
  • Directly impact Kent County Coalition to End Homelessness policies and action steps by providing necessary insight from lived experience
  • Receive compensation for your time and expertise
  • Build your resume for future opportunities
  • Develop leadership skills by thinking critically, taking initiative, and motivating others
  • Gain experience in local democracy by interacting with leaders and participating in policy decision-making

Veteran Action Board Application

Veteran Action Board Key Responsibilities

Learn more about the work we’re doing to maintain Functional Zero when it comes to Veteran homelessness in Kent County


If you have any questions, or would like to more information about applying, please use the form below.

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