Veterans Homelessness focus on Veterans Day

Female veterans are two to four times
more likely to be homeless

Homeless VeteransOn and following Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, many articles appeared in newspapers and in online blogs documenting the critical problem of homeless veterans in our country.

In her November 15, 2011 Huffington Post blog post, “The Real Cost of Veterans Homelessness and What Everyone Can Do,” Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions wrote that many veterans go on to be homeless for periods of time eight to nine times the lengths’ of their deployments. A new report by the 100,000 Homes Campaign finds that there is a critical health crisis facing the 76,000 veterans who are homeless.

New York Times writer James Dao blogged in his article, “Study Finds Homelessness Veterans stay Homeless Longer Than Others,” about the same report from 100,000 Homes. He highlighted some disheartening facts about homeless veterans including:

  • Veterans make up 9% of the total population but 15% of the homeless people surveyed for the report;
  • Veterans reported being homeless for 5.7 years compared to non-veterans who reported a 3.9 year length of homelessness; and
  • 62% of veterans reported being homeless for two years or longer.

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And the picture is not any better for female veterans blogs Ralph de Costa Nunez of the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness in his November 11, 2011 Huffington Post blog post, “As America Honors its Heroes, We Can Do More for Homeless women Veterans.” He writes that female veterans are two to four times more likely to be homeless than the general female population. And the future does not look much better. The Veterans Administration expects the number of female veterans to increase by almost 7% by 2020. Click here to read more.