After Veterans Homelessness Ends in 2015: What Happens Next?

Advocates Concerned About Housing
Newly Homeless With Decreased VA Funding

Woman-VeteranA May 14, 2014 Huffington Post article raises concerns about “What Will Happen to Homeless Vets When VA Declares Vet Homelessness ‘Over’ Next Year?

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 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.

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  1. Homeless veterans have already been through dozens of absolutely worthless VA programs; they need REAL HOUSING & LIVING-WAGE JOBS, not more programs that KEEPS THEM HOMELESS & UNEMPLOYED!

  2. After a career in state government in housing heading the Bureau of Landlord Tenant Relations after also supervising retirement communities and boarding homes, I worked as a Vista Volunteer for four years at HomeFront, an organization assisting homeless families – mostly women with children. By the end of that time I had founded a county-wide alliance of more than 100 government and nonprofit agencies called the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness. I functioned as the Executive Director of that organization for a year developing programs to assist the homeless- families, the mentally ill and the veterans to get and keep their housing. The Housing First program aimed at single men either mentally ill or veterans has flourished in the Mercer Alliance in the eight years since I left. and HomeFront continues to provided both temporary and permanent housing for women and their children.

    What are all of you going to be doing when the Feds stop funding veterans homelessness? I suggest you talk with Connie Mercer at HomeFront and among others John Monahan at Greater Trenton Behavioral Health and David Hungerford at the Coalition to Save Our Homes in Irvington, Habitat for Humanity and Mary Ann Allacci and others building replacement housing for Tent City in Lakewood.