HUD and VA: Homeless Vets Down 12%

The results are in keeping with a federal goal to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 through grants and other measures to ensure permanent housing. Steve Vogel reports.
January 7, 2012, 5am PST | Judy Chang
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"The annual survey found that 67,495 veterans were homeless in the United States on a single night in January 2011, nearly 9,000 fewer than the 76,329 counted in January 2010.

The figures show nearly an 11 percent drop in homelessness among veterans since January 2009, when 75,609 were recorded as homeless."

"'Our progress in the fight against homelessness has been significant, but our work is not complete until no veteran has to sleep on the street,' VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said in a statement.

Since 2009, the VA and HUD have used a housing voucher program to place 33,597 veterans in permanent supportive housing."

Thanks to Michael Snidal

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Published on Monday, December 12, 2011 in The Washington Post
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