You Won’t Be Finding Homeless Veterans In Virginia Any Longer
This past Veteran’s Day marked a milestone in US History. Virginia Governer Terry McAuliffe and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Virginia as the first state to have successfully ended veteran homelessness. Over the course of last year, they have found permanent housing for 1,432 homeless veterans. The homeless veterans had made up to 9% of the state’s homeless population. Interpreted into numbers, that made 7,000 homeless veterans since the year 2013.
Gov. McAuliffe made it a point to keep veteran homelessness as a priority for the state. The initiative began in 2005 with a 10 year plan. 70 service providers and public agencies made it possible to get these people a sustainable shelter.
Virginia now hopes that other states will follow in their example. As of January 2014, 49,933 veterans still live on the streets throughout our nation. Although that number has decreased in the last 10 years, the goal is still there to rid this nation of our homeless veterans that fought for us to keep our lives intact.