Matthew Leslie, M.S.W. (he, him, his), has over 15 years of experience developing, evaluating, and leading state-level housing and service programs, with a particular focus on preventing and ending Veteran homelessness. As Deputy Director of Virginia Veteran and Family Support with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Mr. Leslie developed policy to enhance service connections for Veterans and family members in need of behavioral health, rehabilitative, and other supportive services including criminal justice services, suicide prevention, and housing. He led efforts to develop and implement the first State Action Plan to End Veteran Homelessness, which led to Virginia’s being designated as the first state to functionally end Veteran homelessness. He has provided technical assistance to federal and state agencies, local governments, and public and nonprofit organizations, and has assisted with program planning, administration, and policy support for state and federally funded homeless programs. Mr. Leslie managed the 50-county Virginia Balance of State Continuum of Care, addressing housing and homelessness challenges in rural communities.
At TAC, Mr. Leslie provides support to the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program, HOME-American Rescue Plan Program (ARP) program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and state housing work.