The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there are 57,849 veterans that are homeless on any given night. Forty-one percent of homeless veterans are between ages 35 and 54. Though 92 percent of homeless veterans are male, the number of female Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experiencing homelessness is increasing, as is the number of homeless veterans who have dependent children.
General facts about homeless veterans:
- High rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and sexual trauma, which can lead to higher risk for homelessness.
- About half of homeless veterans have serious mental illness and 70 percent have substance abuse problems.
- Half of homeless veterans have histories of involvement with the legal system.
- Veterans are more likely to live outdoors — unsheltered—and experience long-term, chronic homelessness.
The National Resource Directory for Homeless Veterans is a great starting point for any organization and can be accessed by provider or participant at www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov or toll free at (877) 4AIDVET (4243838). The Directory was founded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained VA staff members. The hot‐line connects homeless and at‐risk veterans and their families to local VA Social Workers and community‐based resources.
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services has developed the Arizona Action Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans. This plan is a guide for all stakeholders in the critical activities related to ending and preventing homelessness among veterans.
For additional information on the plan, please visit the the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Homeless Veterans Services Division.