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|The 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 a supplemental report to the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress on veterans. The supplement estimated that 76,000 veterans experience homelessness on any given night.
President Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki have made ending veterans homelessness a top priority, prompting Congress to explore several legislative solutions to the problem. 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 immediately secure the needed housing and services for individuals and/or their families.
The key elements of a solution to veterans’ homelessness include: