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|The Obama Administration has committed to ending veterans' homelessness, but it will need improved policy to make that goal a reality.|
The Obama Administration has committed to ending veterans' homelessness, but it will need improved policy to make that goal a reality. The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the latest national data on veteran homelessness at a single point in time. The data collected show that as of January 2014, there were 49.933 veterans experiencing homelessness on any given night. This number represents a tremendous 33 percent decrease in veteran homelessness since 2010, including a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of unsheltered homeless veterans.
The Obama Administration and VA have made ending veteran homelessness a top priority and Congress has largely followed suit in providing their own support and sufficient funding for key programs. In order to truly end homelessness among veterans, resources must be available to identify every veteran who is homeless or about to become homeless. Programs must be able to secure the needed housing and services immediately for individuals and/or their families.
The key elements of a solution to veterans’ homelessness include: