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Past Deadline, Feds See No End in Sight for Veteran Homeless Crisis

Friday, August 26, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - National

The goal was to end veteran homelessness by 2015. It's estimated that it has decreased by 47% since 2010. Millions of federal dollars are earmarked towards veteran homelessness, but assumptions within the models used to calculate need are not proving to be accurate. The rate of veteran homelessness is greater than expected.

The Home Depot Foundation Pledges More Than $1.75 Million to Volunteers of America to Provide Homes and Services to Vulnerable Veterans

Monday, August 8, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - National

Volunteers of America (VOA) is the recipient of more than $1.75 million dollars from The Home Depot® Foundation for veteran housing projects. The Foundation has given nearly $11.3 million to improve housing for homeless veterans and their families since 2011. Nine VOA homeless veteran programs in seven states (Maine, Florida, California, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, and Massachusetts) will benefit from the 2016 grants including building 219 units of which up to 64 are earmarked specifically for women veterans. (Maine's "Cabin in the Woods" will be for female and male veterans with and without children as verified with VOA Northern New England on 8/15/2016.)

‘Low Hanging Fruit’ Exposes Lives of Homeless Women Veterans

Thursday, July 7, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - California

Bay Area-based playwright Robin Bradford tackled a difficult subject when she "tells the tale of four female veterans, who, after surviving the horrors of Iraq and Afghanistan, must contend with the brutalities of life on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, living in a tent encampment under a freeway." She shares that she was initially inspired by a 2013 Huffington Post article and later, her visits with women veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs representatives on Skid Row.

Making A Difference: Non-Profit Helping Homeless Female Veterans Almost Done With House

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - Kentucky

Sheppard's Hands is opening a Deporres Avenue home for women veterans at risk of homelessness or homeless. They will offer services for three women who will take part in a one-year program including counseling, financial planning, nutritional classes, and job training skills. The home is still being renovated. Donations are welcomed.

Aura Home for Women Veterans Opens in Asheville

Sunday, March 6, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - North Carolina

North Carolina has some of the highest numbers of homeless women veterans in the country. The Aura Home for Women Veterans will assist women with military service who are experiencing homelessness to find long-term housing and employment. The organization opened a new office in the United Way building on South French Broad Avenue on March 6, 2016.

New affordable Tempe housing complex approved for veterans and families

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - Arizona

The Tempe city council approved the "Valor on Eighth" affordable housing community designed for veterans and their families with a specific focus on serving women veterans. There will be 50 rental units above a 44-space parking area. Much of the project's funding is from $10.6 million in federal low income housing tax credits.

EXCLUSIVE: Miss Veteran America Contestant Combats Veteran Homelessness

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - Georgia

The competition benefits a nonprofit organization called “Final Salute” who provides suitable and safe housing for women veterans experiencing homelessness. More than 300 homeless women veterans in 15 states have been assisted by "Final Salute." Sally Rejas, a semi-finalist contestant in the 2016 Ms. Veteran America competition shared that the contestants are often asked why they are speaking only on behalf of homeless women veterans. She shares that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not have many homeless women veteran programs.

Female Veteran on the Brink of Homelessness Gets Help

Monday, February 1, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - National

A Navy veteran found herself at risk of homelessness, a situation she never imagined herself in after serving as an aircraft controller in the Navy, an experience she enjoyed and was proud of. She said the transition out of the military was not as easy as she thought it would be and she thinks her pride got in the way of asking for help, but after receiving housing assistance and other support from Interfaith Community Services in Escondido, California, she is back on track with housing and employment. Interfaith's Executive Director says he serves more homeless women veterans than ever before--20 to 20 percent of the veterans he serves are women. He finds that providing the women with housing gives them the stability they need to move forward.

Michelle Obama Urges Mayors to Remove 'Stain' of Veteran Homelessness and Praises L.A. Efforts

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - National

There's been progress, but much is left to be done. First Lady Michelle Obama urged the nation's mayors to continue their efforts to ease homelessness among military veterans. Some cities reached “functional zero,” which means homeless veterans are quickly identified and helped. The effort takes businesses and nonprofit groups helping veterans connect with resources to find jobs, get medical and mental health treatment, and other services to stabilize their lives.

Advocates: Connecticut working to end veteran homelessness

Sunday, January 17, 2016 | Category: Housing/Experiencing Homelessness - Connecticut

In January 2015, it was estimated that 47,725 veterans were homeless nationwide on a single night with about 34 percent unsheltered. While most were men, 4,338 were women. According to the same study, between 2009 and 2015, there was a 35 percent decrease in the homeless veteran population. "Homes for the Brave" provides transitional housing and support services for veterans. Forgotten Heroes, a partner of Homes for the Brave, is the only facility specifically for female veterans in Connecticut.

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