VA Fulfilled Its Goal Of Housing Homeless Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fulfilled its goal of housing veterans and moving them from streets to houses ahead of time.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has placed 38, 847 veterans in permanent housing by October and exceeded its goal of housing 38,000 veterans with two months remaining.
VA officials also announced and said that they are on track for keeping the newly housed veterans in their homes. Its goal was to ensure that not more than 5% of people should be living on the streets.
VA Secretary Denis McDonough said, “More than 38,000 veterans now have the safe, stable homes that they deserve — and there’s nothing more important than that. While we met our goals for 2023, we’re not stopping here. We’re going to keep pushing — through the end of this calendar year and beyond — until every veteran has a safe, stable place to call home in this country they fought to defend.”
The department also ensured that 1450 veterans who returned to homelessness were back in housing or were on the way to getting housing.
Reducing the number of veterans who are returning to homelessness is important as it ensures that they can get services and assistance to get off the streets such as healthcare, or disability compensation.
Exactly, it cannot be said how many newly housed veterans were new to the services but the main focus of the department is to prevent homelessness by providing the services veterans need.
VA not only provides health services but also mental health services for homeless veterans. In 2023, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) set a goal to permanently house more than 38,000 homeless veterans, the same as the previous year.
In 2022, the VA successfully housed 40,041 veterans, but 6% of them returned to homelessness. To address this, the VA aimed to ensure that at least 95% of the veterans housed in 2023 would remain in stable housing. Additionally, the VA made progress in reducing veteran homelessness in the Los Angeles area, housing 1,464 veterans, just 36 short of their annual goal.
According to the survey conducted in 2022, around 33, 136 veterans were homeless or lived in the streets on any given night.
Diaz said, “The more the veteran engages in our system, I find this a success. If the veterans are engaging in our system, they know where to go. They know where to find this help. I don’t think the need has changed — that need continues to be prevalent, especially with the [housing] market situation”.
One of the top priorities for the Biden Administration is reducing homelessness and this is why the administration is providing funds and grants to communities and organizations to get veterans off from the streets into homes.
The number of homeless veterans has dropped by 11% between 2021 and 2022.
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Last Updated: September 20, 2021