Elderly Veterans Almost Three Times More Likely To Be Homeless Than Non-Vets

Veteran care is an important, growing challenge for America’s aging population and new statistics show senior veterans from the Baby Boomer generation to be homeless more often than non-veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a study on the extent and nature of homelessness among America’s veterans as an adjunct to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress . The research finds that almost 136,000 veterans spent at least one night in a homeless shelter in 2009.

“With our federal, state and community partners working together, more Veterans are moving into safe housing,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “But we’re not done yet. Providing assistance in mental health, substance abuse treatment, education and employment goes hand-in-hand with preventive steps and permanent supportive housing. We continue to work towards our goal of finding every Veteran safe housing and access to needed services.”

The study finds that veterans represent almost 12 percent of all homeless persons during the 2009 study. Other findings from the study include:

39 percent of homeless veterans are 51–61 years compared with 19 percent of homeless non-veterans

9 percent of homeless veterans are 62 years and older compared with 4 percent of homeless non-veterans

Veterans are fifty percent more likely to become homeless compared to all Americans

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