The Veterans Administration (VA) is making notable progress in ending veterans homelessness – the numbers of homeless veterans decreased by 24% from 2010 to 2013. And the successful pilot of Housing First model has been a key to their success in working to end veterans homelessness by the end of next year.
But some advocates recently voiced concerned about what will become of the almost 60,000 veterans who are still homelessness after 2015? This concern comes at the same time that the VA has let nonprofit providers know that their funding for housing homeless veterans will decrease next year.
“Steve Peck, president of the U.S. Veterans Initiative, told Military.com that a tremendous amount of work still remains before chronic veteran homelessness is finally put to rest, and doubts the VA will be able to declare it ended by next year.
‘Just because the VA says it’s over, doesn’t mean it is. We’re still seeing plenty of need,’ Peck told the outlet.”
The VA has assured providers that there will be adequate programs in place to rapidly house veterans who experience homelessness.