NGAUS Washington Report
(Nov. 26, 2013) The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development announced last week that a new national report shows a 24-percent drop in homelessness among veterans since 2010.
The report also showed an 8 percent reduction between January 2012 and January 2013. The decline keeps U.S. government plans on track to meet the goal of ending veterans’ homelessness in 2015.
“We are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among veterans. While this trend is encouraging news, we know that there is more work to do,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said.
The 2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 57,849 homeless veterans on a single night in January in the United States, an 8-percent decline since 2012, and a 24-percent decline since 2010.
VA has made ending veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015 a top priority, undertaking an unprecedented campaign to dramatically increase awareness of VA services for homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless.