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USICH, HUD, and VA Announce 33% Drop in Veteran Homelessness Since 2010

August 26, 2014

USICH, HUD, and VA released new national estimates today that show Veteran homelessness has declined 33 percent since 2010 and the release of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Data from the Point-in-Time count conducted in January 2014 shows that 24,837 fewer Veterans are homeless today than in 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of unsheltered Veterans sleeping on the street.

 “As a nation, we have proven that homelessness is a problem we can solve,” said USICH Executive Director Laura Green Zeilinger. “Communities all across the country are meeting this costly tragedy with urgency and a focus on helping all Veterans and their families achieve safe and stable housing.”

 The Federal government has provided significant new resources to help communities pursue the goal of ending homelessness among Veterans. Communities that target these resources strategically are making significant progress and can end Veteran homelessness in their communities in 2015. These strategies include Housing First, permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and aligning local goals and strategies with Opening Doors.

 Read the full press release.