According to a Gallup poll released by Fannie Mae on November 8, nearly a quarter (24%) of veterans indicate they have been concerned that they may not have a place to live, and 86 percent of veterans think that homelessness among veterans is increasing or staying the same.
The following is from the Fannie Mae press release.
The survey also reveals that veterans understand the impact war has on those who return from conflicts and attempt to build a sustainable living situation. With the ongoing conflicts top of mind for most veterans, 61% think veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are at least as likely to become homeless as veterans of previous wars. When asked about the primary causes of homelessness among veterans, 41% of veterans say mental illnesses; such as post-traumatic stress disorder; is the primary cause (at least 15 percentage points more than any other factor).
The survey also indicates that nearly half (48%) have taken in a friend or relative who was facing homelessness. But veterans strongly agree (60%) that homeless people could become self-sufficient with proper housing. 71% of veterans believe communities should construct more affordable housing.
Other key findings included:
34% of veterans are at least somewhat worried medical expenses could cause them or their family to be homeless.
89% feel more effort is needed in the nation to deal with homelessness, with more than half (54%) feeling much more effort is needed.
66% believe the federal government should take the lead or major role in addressing homelessness.
85% of veterans would be willing to make donations to organizations working with homeless people.
The survey of 1005 veterans was conducted from September 4 through October 17, 2007 with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.