The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that it had beaten its 2022 goal of housing 38,000 homeless Veterans by 2,400.
In a recent post on LinkedIn, VA’s Under Secretary for Health Shereef Elnahal congratulated Executive Director of VA’s Homeless Programs Office Monica Diaz alongside other VA representatives working to combat Veteran homelessness:
Some analysts and officials have attributed this success to HUD-VASH, a collaborative housing program between VA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Under HUD-VASH, eligible veterans may receive a voucher that can be used to pay a portion of their monthly rent. This is indicative of the broader shift toward a philosophy of “housing-first,” along with increased funding and case management, when addressing homelessness.
Many are hopeful that these numbers from last year mark a decisive turning point in Veteran homelessness. Despite an approximate 50% reduction in the overall number of homeless Veterans since 2009, there are still an estimated 40,056 unhoused Veterans on any given night according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Furthermore, over 80,000 Veterans will experience homelessness over the course of a year. While only about 7% of the U.S. population are Veterans, they account for nearly 13% of the population of homeless adults.
These worrying statistics demonstrate that, despite the promising results of last year’s efforts, there is still much work to be done. However, VA and other service organizations have shown no signs of relenting. VA officials have affirmed as much, with Ms. Diaz quoted as saying, “If there is even one [homeless Veteran], I say we need to do more.”
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