Ending veterans’ homelessness requires urgency

"Veterans' homelessness"

In 2009, the Obama administration made a pledge to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015.

Last week at the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki discussed the progress made so far:

  • Efforts have led to a 12% decline in veterans’ homelessness from 2010 to 2011
  • 1.2 million have been saved from homelessness as a result of programs like the Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program
  • More than 30,000 veterans have been housed through the HUD-VASH program

According to a Washington Post article, Secretary Donovan and Secretary Shinseki also spoke of what lies ahead, specifically the need for more urgency. On any given night, there are still more than 67,000 homeless veterans.  “Our homeless veterans are counting on us to bring a sense of urgency to this fight — and I do mean fight,” Shinseki said.

Coalition for the Homeless plans to raise the level of assistance for specialized populations such as military veterans in our upcoming Men’s Service Center! As said on The HUDdle, HUD’s official blog, “Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed and given up so much for our freedom. It only seems fit that we do the same for them when they return home.”