Here’s a Quick Look at Veteran Homelessness in ‘The State of Homelessness 2014’

written by Sam Batko
June 10, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been getting a lot of attention recently and not the good kind. But the VA has been doing good work on at least one issue that deserves more attention: veteran homelessness. Last week, the White House announced the Mayor’s Challenge, but that comes on the heels of years of decreases in veteran homelessness with strategic investments made by VA in rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing in the SSVF and HUD-VASH programs.

Since, 2009, veteran homelessness has decreased 23 percent. And, from 2012 to 2013 alone, veteran homelessness decreased 7.3 percent.

The Alliance’s recent report, State of Homelessness in America 2014, found that the national rate of veteran homelessness fell to 27 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population from 29 homeless veterans per 10,000. It also examined state level trends in veteran homelessness:

  • Wyoming saw the largest decrease in veteran homelessness from 2012 to 2013: a 55.95 percent decrease.
  • Delaware has the smallest number of veterans experiencing homelessness, but one of the greatest increases from 2012 to 2013: 89 veterans in 2013 which was an increase in veteran homelessness of nearly 35 percent.
  • Six states have a lower rate of veteran homelessness than overall homelessness: Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Washington State.
  • Minnesota is the state with the lowest rate of veteran homelessness: 9.5 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population.