Homelessness among U.S. veterans is a growing concern across this nation. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an estimated 40,056 veterans are on the street nightly, and nearly twice that many will experience homelessness during the course of the year.
Did you know that while only 7% of our population are veterans, close to 13% of homeless adults are veterans?*
According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans:
“Approximately 12,700 veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND) were homeless in 2010. The number of young homeless veterans is increasing, but only constitutes 8.8% of the overall homeless veteran population.”
Homeless veteran demographics
13% of the homeless adult population are veterans
20% of the male homeless population are veterans
68% reside in principal cities
32% reside in suburban/rural areas
51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
50% have serious mental illness
70% have substance abuse problems
51% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans
"For those who have lost everything, hope and opportunity are in short supply."
To provide homeless veterans the food, housing and physical/mental care they need is our number one priority. At VCI, we also seek to invest in the future success of our veterans by providing job skills and placement, along with legal help and counseling to empower them to claim a brighter future.
*Source: National Coalition of Homeless Veterans