The Center for American Homeless Veterans is a national nonprofit organization that fulfills its mission by advocating to the public and Congress about the needs and solutions for American Veterans, with emphasis on those left behind, such as homeless and disabled veterans. By molding public opinion CAHV helps shape public policy. The forerunner of this organization was established in 1993. During its past history, it helped sponsor 196 forums and receptions around the country, many of which highlighted transitional facilities. Over 100 Members of Congress were hosted and spoke at these events.