This past February, Secretary Denis McDonough announced VA’s new goal to place at least 38,000 homeless Veterans into permanent housing by Dec. 31, 2022.
That’s nearly the total number of Veterans reported in the 2020 Point-in-Time count. Or to put it another way, that’s a few hundred more people than Fenway Park can hold.
Take a moment to visualize it: A stadium full of Veterans who will finally have a place to call home. That’s something we can all cheer for.
With less four months to go, how is VA doing?
Rallying to 100%
As of August 30, 2022, VA has achieved 26,554 permanent housing placements, meeting 70% of the goal. VA’s homeless programs are averaging 3,319 placements each month.
To meet the goal by the end of the year, we need to continue to place 2,862 Veterans into permanent housing each month through Dec. 31, 2022.
How the 38,000 Goal helps us end Veteran homelessness
Ending Veteran homelessness remains a top priority for VA and we have made significant progress over the last 12 years.
Since 2010, Veteran homelessness has been reduced by nearly half. More than 966,000 Veterans and their family members have been permanently housed or have had their homelessness prevented. Not only that, but 83 communities and 3 states have achieved an effective end to Veteran homelessness.
However, data show that our progress has stalled. While Veteran homelessness declined by 47% between 2010 and 2016, it only declined by 6% between 2016 and 2020. While there were many factors that have contributed to the stall, the most impactful factors were increases in rental costs paired with decreases in the availability of affordable housing.
VA’s 38,000 goal not only helps more Veterans find safe and stable housing but it also helps our communities’ homelessness service systems get “back in shape” doing what they do best: ending Veteran homelessness.
How you can help (or get help)
If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838). It’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with trained counselors who will connect you to your nearest VA medical center for help.
If you are a Veteran landlord with housing units interested in renting to your fellow Veterans, visit our landlords page to learn more.
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