The Number of Homeless Vets in America


Nov 2022


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, December 6, 2017

In December 2022, it is estimated that over 150 million people are homeless worldwide.  There are 500,000 people living in America that are experiencing homelessness. These individuals live in a temporary shelter or transitional housing or sleep in a place not meant for habitation (like an abandoned building).  The US has also identified over 33,000 veterans as homeless.

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 35,000 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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