HUD, VA, USICH Announce 17 Percent Decrease in Veteran Homelessness in Past Year
Point-in-Time count estimates 39,471 veterans homeless in January 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) have announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 17 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2015 and January 2016 — quadruple the previous year’s annual decline — and a 47 percent decrease since 2010.
Through HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) estimate of America’s homeless population, communities across the country reported that fewer than 40,000 veterans were experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2016. The January 2016 estimate found just over 13,000 unsheltered homeless veterans living on their streets, a 56 percent decrease since 2010. View local estimates of veteran homelessness.
The success among veterans can be attributed to the effectiveness of the service providers administering Federal grant programs offered through VA, HUD, and DOL across the country. This continued collaboration and partnership is vital in continuing to move closer toward our shared goal of ending homelessness for all veterans.
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