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Interactive Map: The 2013 Veteran Homelessness Numbers
June 18, 2013
Today's blog post was contributed by Rachel Goodling, the Alliance's Research Intern working with the Alliance's Homelessness Research institute.
In January, many of you participated in Point-in-Time Counts in your communities, identifying sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, family and individual homelessness, and also veterans who were homeless. Since then, some of you have sent the data from your counts to the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute. (Thank you!)
Now we have posted that data on an interactive map so that we can monitor the progress made toward ending veteran homelessness in local communities and nationally. As of this posting, 22 out of 36 communities that submitted data have reported a decrease in homelessness among veterans. If this sample were representative of the country as a whole, veteran homelessness would have decreased nationwide by 11 percent between 2012 and 2013. One particularly successful community is Charlotte, North Carolina, which has seen a 68 percent decrease, going from 373 veterans in 2012 to 120 in 2013.
Despite the progress we have made over the last several years, veterans are still overrepresented in the overall homeless population. In 2012, 29 out of every 10,000 veterans were homeless at a point in time. In light of the HUD and VA’s goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, much work remains to be done. This calls us on to redouble our efforts to provide vital resources and services to the men and women who have so bravely served our country.
Is your community on track to end veteran homelessness? Check out our new interactive 2013 Veteran Homelessness Map (embedded below) to see rates around the country and how your community is progressing toward the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2016. Submit your point-in-time count data to have it included on our map by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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