A recent U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report showed that homelessness among veterans has declined 24% since 2010. The January 2012 Point in Time Count of the homeless found 58,000 homeless veterans compared to 63,000 in 2011 and 76,000 in 2010.
The Washington Post’s Federal Eye blog writes that the Obama administration had promised to end veterans homelessness by 2015 and while it will not meet that goal, it continues to commit resource to the effort. In November, it announced $14 million in additional resources through HUD and the Veterans Administration.
With a budget crisis and another government shutdown looming, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said,
‘We’re making real and significant progress to reduce homelessness in this country, and now is not the time to retreat from doing what we know works,’ Donovan said. ‘I understand these are tough budget times, but these are proven strategies that are making a real difference.’”