November 12, 2007 | Other News
By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United
States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population,
according to a report to be released Thursday.
And homelessness is not just a problem among middle-age and elderly
veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into
shelters and soup kitchens seeking services, treatment or help with
finding a job.
The Veterans Affairs Department has identified 1,500 homeless veterans
from the current wars and says 400 of them have participated in its
programs specifically targeting homelessness.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness, a public education nonprofit,
based the findings of its report on numbers from Veterans Affairs and
the Census Bureau. 2005 data estimated that 194,254 homeless people out
of 744,313 on any given night were veterans.
In comparison, the VA says that 20 years ago, the estimated number of
veterans who were homeless on any given night was 250,000.
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