The Veterans Affairs and the Housing and Urban Development departments announced Thursday that he number of homeless vets declined 24 percent since 2010 due to one simple fact: putting a lot of bucks into vet housing.
The 2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, prepared by HUD, estimated there were 57,849 homeless Veterans on a single night in January in the United States, an 8 percent decline since 2012 and a 24 percent decline since 2010.
VA-HUD programs include $70 million this year for Supportive Housing grants that combine rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services from VA. Since 2008, a total of 58,140 vouchers have been awarded and 43,371 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes of their own because of the joint HUD-VA program.
This July the two departments awarded nearly $300 million in grants to 319 community agencies to help approximately 120,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.
This year, VA also provided $8.8 million in grants for 164 projects to acquire vans for homeless providers and to rehabilitate housing, plus $4.9 million in grants for 25 community-based projects to enhance services for veterans.
What a concept: If vets have access to housing, they are no longer homeless.