According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 19,750 homeless veterans living in the U.S. in a single night in January 2021. This number has only decreased by less than 400 as we enter into 2023. VA is working to rapidly house unsheltered Veterans to protect them and the broader community. For example, between March 2020 and September 2021, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program placed nearly 32,000 Veterans in hotels or motels. 20,000 of these Veterans have since moved on to permanent housing.
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Increased homelessness among elderly persons is largely the result of poverty and the declining availability of affordable housing among certain segments of the aging. Throughout the nation, there are at least 9 seniors waiting for every occupied unit of affordable elderly housing.
We assist individuals released and under supervision with Supportive Housing including food and supportive services & training provided from 3 to 6 months. The program is intended to provide a start for the Returning Citizens to link with community resources and attain self-sufficiency.
Statistics on Homeless Youth in America reports that 57% of homeless kids spend at least one day every month without food. In the United States, as many as 20,000 kids are forced into prostitution by human trafficking networks every year. According to a study of youth in shelters, nearly 50% reported intense conflict or physical harm by a family member as a major contributing factor to their homelessness. More than 25% of former foster children become homeless within two to four years of leaving the system.50% of adolescents aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems will be homeless within six months because they are unprepared to live independently and have limited education and no social support. Almost 40% of the homeless in the United States are under 18.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 12% of the adult homeless population are veterans.Roughly 40% of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 10.4% and 3.4% of the U.S. veteran population, respectively. Homeless veterans are younger on average than the total veteran population. Approximately 9% are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 41% are between the ages of 31 and 50. Conversely, only 5% of all veterans are between the ages of 18 and 30, and less than 23% are between 31 and 50.America homeless veterans have served in World War ll, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, and the military anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone. About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance. NCHV strongly believes that all programs to assist homeless veterans must focus on helping them obtain and sustain employment.
The most effective programs for homeless and at-risk veterans are community-based, nonprofit, veterans helping veteran groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves. Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again.