VA Has Housed 1,282 Homeless Veterans in NJ Support Veterans Today #NJHungryHeroes
Today is Veterans Day. It is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. And what better way to honor them is to work to end homelessness among veterans.
NJ Counts 2015, the statewide point in time count of the homeless, found 738 homeless veterans that made up 695 households. Of these homeless veterans:
90% are single men,
60% have mental health issues,
55% have substance use disorders,
44% have medical problems,
75% of the homeless veteran population are over the age of 45 but the population is getting younger, and
20% have served in Iran/Afghanistan.
The VA in NJ has housed 1,282 homeless veterans (in fiscal year 2015.) The rate of housed veterans has doubled over the last two years. And of those veterans housed, 87% remain stably housed after 12 months.
The VA has shifted the way that it serves homeless veterans with a focus on street outreach, prevention and housing homeless veterans through the Housing First model, and providing permanent housing. It is reaching homeless veterans that traditionally were not accessing VA services.
New Jersey puts federal funding to end homelessness to good use. NJ receives:
$10 million annually in federal funding for a strong Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and
since 2009, New Jersey has received 935 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.
The VA’s Lyons campus has will receive 50 additional vouchers in 2016. The NJ Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) has provided 200 Housing Choice Vouchers for homeless veterans.
For more information on progress in NJ click here.