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GOOD NEWS on veteran homelessness

Thursday, November 1, 2018  
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HUD’s Study on Homeless Veterans, which was released this morning, shows a marked decline in the number of homeless veterans.

The number of homeless veterans fell 5.4 percent this year to about half the number reported in 2010, according to a new national estimate released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development today.  HUD estimates 37,878 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2018. Among those, HUD estimates 23,312 veterans were living in sheltered settings. Volunteers counted 14,566 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation, according to HUD. The number of homeless female veterans fell nearly 10 percent.

HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs run a joint program combining permanent HUD rental assistance with VA case management and clinical services.

“We owe it to our veterans to make certain they have a place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Carson. “We’ve made great strides in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure those who wore our nation’s uniform have access to stable housing.”

“The reduction in homelessness among veterans announced today shows that the strategies we are using to help the most vulnerable veterans become stably housed are working,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This is good news for all Veterans.”

The release includes current numbers on each state’s totals.

While this is not directly related to financial services, it relates to credit union outreach to low-income consumers and underserved communities.  In fact, NAFCU Journal just released an article (page 34) that connects these dots!

"I would like to thank our member credit unions (and many others in the credit union movement) for making things better.  There is always more that can be done, and credit unions are there to Serve Those Who Serve Our Country." - Anthony Hernandez, DCUC President & CEO.

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