Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that homelessness among our nation’s Veterans decreased by nearly 12 percent between January 2010 and January 2011.

The 2011 supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report states that 67, 495 Veterans were homeless on a single night in 2011. In 2010 that number was 76, 329. The complete report will be available early next year. Since 2009, the VA and HUD have housed 33, 597 Veterans in permanent and supportive housing with case managers and access to VA health care. Through the VA’s
Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families program, the agency has also made $100 million in grants available to community organizations to prevent Veterans and their families from becoming homeless.

“While this announcement shows we are making great progress in supporting our Veterans, there is still much work to do,” said Congressman Smith. “I look forward to the day when all our Veterans have access to quality health care, employment, and housing and receive the critical support they need to reintegrate into civilian society.”

To learn more about Congressman Smith’s Veterans initiatives, visit
www.adamsmith.house.gov/veterans. To learn more about Veteran support services, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Resource Directory.

To learn more about the HUD’s homeless prevention programs, visit the
Homelessness Resource Exchange.