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Veteran Homelessness Declines In Western Cities

The Department of VA says that more veterans stayed in their homes due to the covid policies like foreclosure relief. 

December 4, 2023

According to an annual government survey, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has reduced by 11% since 2020. It is a sign that VA efforts are paying off. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated the number of Americans without stable housing and found out that 37, 252 veterans were homeless. This number decreased to 33,129 in 2022. 

Since 2010, homelessness among veterans has been down by 55% according to the Veteran Affairs. According to the National Coalition For Homeless Veterans, only 7% of the U.S. 

population qualifies as veterans and make up 13% of the homeless adult population. 

The Department of Veteran Affairs announced that it has exceeded its target of permanently housing over 38,000 homeless veterans in 2023, achieving this milestone two months ahead of schedule. The regions most significantly impacted by this effort are Northern California, Houston, Dallas, Texas, Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, and Phoenix, Arizona.

The VA’s efforts to combat homelessness among veterans are based on the “Housing First” approach. The approach prioritizes getting veterans into housing and also providing the support to stay housed such as job training, healthcare, legal and education assistance. 

The improvements in veteran homelessness are brought about by several initiatives such as landlord incentives to house veterans, access to VA services and programs, and involvement of Public Housing Agencies. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has adopted a “one team approach,” where various veteran-related groups and experts collaborate to assess the needs of individual veterans and develop targeted solutions. This approach recognizes that each community has unique requirements.

According to the VA, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has reduced by more than 55% since 2010. However, the progress stalled due to an increase in rent costs and other market forces. The slight improvement today is the result of decades of tailored resources and more federal dollars. 

The VA called on mortgage providers to pause foreclosures of VA Guaranteed loans through May 31, 2024, last week. The Department has also come up with its COVID-19 Refund Modification Program to allow veterans to have zero interest from the VA to cover missed payments. 

VA housed more than 40,000 formerly homeless veterans in 2022 and prevented nearly 17,700 veterans and their families from becoming homeless. 

The VA should partner with local organizations to address similar issues among individuals from a similar community. 

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Nieberg Patty. “Homelessness among vets down 11% since 2020, more in western cities”. Task and Purpose, November 29, 2023, 

Homelessness among vets down 11%, more in western cities – Task & Purpose (taskandpurpose.com)

 

Last Updated: September 20, 2021