PRIORITY GOAL 3: VETERANS HOMELESSNESS
HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will jointly reduce the number of homeless veterans to 59,000 in June 2012.
On a single night in January 2012, 76,329 Veterans were homeless (defined as staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program or living on the street, in an abandoned building, or another place not meant for human habitation). Moreover, Veterans are overrepresented among the homeless population. At a point in time in 2009, approximately 12 percent of all people (and 16 percent of adults) experiencing homelessness identified themselves as a Veteran, as did 10 percent of those homeless over the course of a year (see map below for a distribution of homeless Veterans across states). Less than eight percent of the total U.S. population has Veteran status. Read more...