The Number of Homeless Vets in America


Nov 2019


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, December 6, 2017

In January 2016, communities across America identified nearly 40,000 homeless veterans living in America.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials said that for the first time since 2010, the overall homeless population increased in America, up about 1 percent from 2016 levels to nearly 554,000 homeless people.

And, similar to the national numbers, most of the increases in the veterans homeless population came from the West Coast – California and Washington combined.

Of the nearly 40,000 homeless veterans, almost 25,000 of them are living in temporary facilities. But that leaves more than 15,000 Veterans who are unsheltered or living on the street

State of Veteran Homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs states that significant progress has been made to prevent and end Veteran homelessness. The number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has declined by nearly half (46 percent) since 2010, and the unsheltered homeless population – those Veterans living on the streets, in cars, abandoned buildings or other places not meant for human habitation — declined by 53 percent since 2010.

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