Veterans Day is a time to honor the military service of the many men and women who served in our armed forces. While many return to civilian life with few challenges, some are not so lucky; On a single night in 2016, almost 40,000 veterans experienced homelessness. Here at the Alliance, we believe that ending […]
Earlier this week, the New York Times Editorial board released a response to the effort to end veteran homelessness in this country claiming that the results of the work to cut homelessness among veterans almost in half since 2010 reflects “shrunken ambition and mission failure.”We disagree. There is a difference between mission failure and a mission taking longer than originally anticipated. And the ambition is there to continue working until we meet that goal.
Over the past year, communities across the country have declared an end to veteran homelessness. These communities, which range from small rural areas to large cities, have demonstrated that with the right resources, interventions, and federal and community supports, it is possible to accomplish this goal.
The Great Recession is over, the economy is bouncing back, and there are fewer people who are homeless in America. Yet, the number of people who are at risk of homelessness remains significantly higher than it was before the recession began. Check out the full The State of Homelessness in America 2016 report here: www.endhomelessness.org/soh2016.
The Alliance works with partners across the country to develop and implement strategies that end homelessness. Together, these strategies are resulting in significant progress toward reaching this goal. Prevent homelessness before it occurs Focus on timely returns to Permanent housing Implement evidence based strategies at the community level Strengthen the support system for vulnerable.