State of Homelessness 2013: Ending Veteran Homelessness

written by Sam Batko
May 6, 2013

Last month, the Homelessness Research Institute here at the Alliance released our annual research report: The State of Homelessness in America. The report provides information on trends in homelessness in addition to other economic, housing and demographic factors. One of the subpopulations we examined was homeless veterans.

Between 2011 and 2012 overall homelessness among veterans decreased 7.2 percent, which is great progress, but the rate of homelessness among veterans remained higher than the rate of homelessness among the general population, at 29 homeless veterans for every 10,000 veterans in the general population.

Last week, the Alliance published a one page graphic representation of the current trends in veteran homelessness. The map on this one pager shows the one year change in veteran homelessness from 2011 to 2012 in each state. Minnesota decreased veteran homelessness by 31.2 percent, the largest percentage decrease in the country.

The federal government has a stated goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, meaning the end of veteran homelessness would be reflected in the 2016 point in time counts conducted in late January 2016. In this line graph, the sharp decreases you see from 2013 to 2015 are due to the expected increased and continued impact from two veteran specific programs: SSVF and HUD-VASH.

How is your community doing ending veteran homelessness? Email the Homelessness Research Institute at counts@naeh.org.