Veteran homelessness has dropped by nearly 50% since 2010 in the USA

US Marine Corps veteran Martin Silverhawk sits outside a Home Depot store, where he has been living since evacuating his home, during the Okanogan Complex fire in Omak, Washington
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Martin Silverhawk sits outside a Home Depot store, where he has been living since evacuating his home, during the Okanogan Complex fire in Omak, Washington August 25, 2015. In north-central Washington, a cluster of deadly fires dubbed the Okanogan Complex has burned more than 258,339 acres (104,546 hectares), overtaking last year’s Carlton Complex fire as the state’s largest on record. Crédit photo : REUTERS/David Ryder

Veteran homelessness has dropped nearly in half since 2010, thanks to partnerships and programming, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday.

On a given night in January, there were fewer than 40,000 homeless veterans, according to the country’s annual Point-in-Time count. That marked a 47 percent decrease since the same count was conducted six years prior.

The success was due to the White House’s first-ever strategic plan to end veteran homelessness and a unique partnership between HUD and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Through the collaboration, HUD provides rental assistance to homeless veterans and the VA complements it with case management and clinical services.

Since 2010, more than 360,000 veterans and their families have been permanently housed, rapidly rehoused or were spared from becoming homeless through HUD and VA programs.

“The dramatic decline in veteran homelessness reflects the power of partnerships in solving complex national problems on behalf of those who have served our nation,” Robert A. McDonald, VA secretary, said in a statement. “The men and women who have fought for this nation should not have to fight to keep a roof over their head.”

Source : The Huffington Post

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