Housing First Key to 33% Drop in Veteran Homelessness

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Housing First Key to 33% Drop in Veteran HomelessnessHUD, the Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released a new national estimate of veterans homelessness.

Based on data from the 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, veteran homelessness declined 33% (or 24,837 people) since 2010. On one night in January, volunteers conducting the 2014 PIT Count counted a total of 49,933 homeless veterans in America.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness attribute progress to:

  • The widespread adoption of evidence-based practices under the Housing First approach and
  • The implementation of federal programs like VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the joint HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher programs.

SSVF pays for rapid re-housing for homeless veterans and their families. HUD-VASH has served a total of 74,019 veterans since 2008.

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  1. In order for the homeless veterans to qualify for the HUD-VASH housing vouchers they have to accept being LABELED FOR LIFE in their medical records as “CRAZY, ADDICTED, and ALCOHOLICS”, and allow the VA to micro-manage every aspect of their lives.