Advocates Call for End to Veterans Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is calling on advocates to sign a public statement calling for the resources and political will to end veteran homelessness. Monarch Housing Associates has signed on. Will you join us?
It’s likely that tonight a veteran from your community who sacrificed to protect our nation will be without housing. He or she could be a recent veteran just home from Iraq or Afghanistan. He or she might be an older veteran whose service ended decades ago.
Veterans face unique obstacles in finding stable, safe housing. Skills learned in the military do not always translate to civilian jobs. Combat-related injuries or mental-health conditions can make finding and keeping housing difficult. At the same time the critical shortage of affordable housing and continued high unemployment make the transition from military to civilian life a challenge for veterans. For all these reasons, there is an over representation of veterans among people experiencing homelessness.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Ending homelessness among veterans is an achievable goal. Veteran homelessness has declined nearly 17% since 2009, and with continued funding and support, we can reach a day where every veteran has secure housing. We know what it will take to get there, and we have a plan.
But it won’t happen without your help.
Our elected officials and service providers need to see and hear the overwhelming support from Americans to finally end veteran homelessness.
Developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and its partners, this statement has been signed by retired military officers including:
- General Colin L. Powell, USA, Retired and
- Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, USAF, Retired,
- President George H.W. Bush and
- Senator Patty Murray,
- The Honorable Leon E. Panetta.