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- The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that veteran homelessness decreased by 2.1 percent from 2018 to 2019.
- This success sparks hope that ending veteran homelessness entirely is an achievable goal. How can donors help advance this initiative?
- Read more on how philanthropy can help homeless veterans.
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The National Alliance to End Homelessness is pleased to report that veteran homelessness went down 2.1 percent between 2018 and 2019 (based on data collected at a point-in-time in January of those years). The decrease was announced by Secretary Carson of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is a welcome reminder that the mission of ending homelessness is, in fact, achievable.
Since 2010, veteran homelessness has been reduced by 50 percent, the result of a well-funded and determined federal commitment to the goal of ending veteran homelessness. To date, 78 local communities and three states have declared an effective end to veteran homelessness. While there are many factors that have contributed to this success, three driving forces have made it possible:
- federal resources adequate to meet the needs of homeless veterans for housing and services;
- a full spectrum of federally-funded, evidence-based interventions, ranging from street outreach, to permanent housing, to health care; and
- strong leadership at the national and local levels.
Read the full article about veteran homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.