Veterans a focus of Homeless Coalition efforts

Efforts for Homeless Veterans Are Working On Wednesday, the Nation will come together to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The day will be marked with memorial ceremonies and speeches, and many workers and students will have the day off from work or school.

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Efforts to end homelessness among veterans are working, at the federal level and in communities around the country. Homelessness among veterans is decreasing; however, even if homeless service providers across the country helped every currently homeless veteran find housing, homelessness for this group would not end.

Homeless Veterans – National Coalition for the Homeless – The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night, 200,000 veterans are homeless, and 400,000 veterans will experience homelessness during the course of a year (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 2006). 97% of those homeless veterans will be male (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008).

Ending youth homelessness is new group’s goal – Other efforts will focus on. chronic street homeless and homeless veterans, due in part to a concerted effort and the provision of funding for housing. For more information, visit.

Focus your efforts on supporting the homeless veteran service providers in your community, or become an active advocate to make sure veterans receive an appropriate share of the resources that are available to address and prevent homelessness in your area. For a list of homeless veteran service providers in each state, click here.

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Since then, veteran homelessness has declined 48.8 percent as the result of leadership, resources, and improved coordination informed by data. To support cities in their efforts, NLC is a lead partner with federal agencies for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Supportive Services. This approach provides Veterans who are experiencing homelessness with permanent housing as quickly as possible and supportive services as needed. There are no prerequisites for abstinence, psychiatric stability, or completion of treatment programs. Instead, permanent housing is provided as the initial service,

the departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor, among others, expanded grants targeting homelessness and rewrote requirements to focus efforts on permanent housing. wick acknowledges Houston’s success with ending homelessness among veterans, but sees that group as only a small subset of the homeless population.