Affordable housing for homeless veterans

Homeless veterans are people who have served in the armed forces and are currently without proper compliance. Adverse to public perception, this type of homelessness isn’t exclusive to the US alone. Most homeless veterans in America are mostly male with only a small number of them being, in fact, female. An actual count is almost impossible to make, yet, according to estimates, over 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Therefore, that’s a major problem that the country is currently trying to address.

Homeless Veterans Statistics

  • Almost 40,000 veterans are without shelter in the US on any given night.
  • The number of vets experiencing homelessness is down by over 40% since 2011.
  • The leading causes of homelessness among vets are PTSD, social isolation, unemployment, and substance abuse.
  • Veterans account for 11% of homeless adults in the US.
  • California has the highest number of vets living on the streets.

Around 60,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets due to homelessness. Veteran homelessness is a growing affair among US citizens. A lack of healthy support networks, affordable housing, and increasing poverty are the reasons that put veterans at an expanded risk of homelessness. It is because of these reasons that approximately 1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness in the US.

Demographics of Homeless Veterans

  • 11% of the homeless adult population are veterans.
  • 20% of the population are male veterans.
  • 68% reside in principal cities.
  • 32% reside in suburban/rural areas.
  • 51% of individual veterans have disabilities.
  • 50% have serious mental illnesses.
  • 70% have substance abuse problems.
  • 57% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans.
  • 50% are aged 51 or older, compared to 19% of non-veterans.

Our vets have risked their lives in combat to protect the citizens of the US. In many ways, we owe our lives to them and should always contribute with a helping hand. The number of vets without shelter is on the fall off which shows promise, but there are still states where it’s on the rise. In short, although we’re close to getting veterans and homeless off the streets for good, there’s still a lot of work left to be done.

There are a number of difficulties the government needs to address. While the SOA and other organizations and charities are doing everything they can, you can still join the good cause and help out our heroes.