BACKGROUND

On any given night there are as many as 200,000 homeless veterans in America. Three times as many veterans are struggling with excessive rent burdens and are therefore at an increased risk of homelessness.

Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has served this country.

NATIONAL STATISTICS

• 23% of the homeless population are veterans
• 33% of the male homeless population are veterans
47% Vietnam Era
17% post-Vietnam
15% pre-Vietnam
• 67% of homeless veterans served three or more years
• 25% have used VA Homeless Services
• 85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans
• 89% received Honorable Discharge
• 76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems
• 3% of homeless veterans are women

FLORIDA STATISTICS

• Almost 50% of all homeless veterans live in Florida, California, Texas & New York, while only 28% of all veterans are located in those same states.
• The Florida Department of Children & Families estimates more 18% of Florida’s homeless are veterans.
• The number of homeless veterans in Florida on any given night is 19,000

 

From: National Coalition for the Homeless