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The unfortunate facts about veteran poverty

  1. Nearly one in seven homeless adults are veterans.
     
  2. More than 4 in 10 homeless veterans are unsheltered.
     
  3. 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness

  4. Almost half of homeless veterans were African American in 2008.
     
  5. 30.2 percent of veterans ages 18 to 24 were unemployed in 2011.
     
  6. More than 33,000 veterans were housed since 2009 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs in permanent, supportive housing with case managers and access to VA health care
     
  7. 1.2 million veterans used mental health services in 2010.

Mitt Romney has threatened to eliminate housing assistance, which would be devastating for millions of veterans and families struggling to get back on their feet.

Find out more at our sister site Half in Ten

Posted Thursday May 3 3:11pm  382 notes
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Meet Almon, a disabled veteran of the U.S. military. He was once homeless.

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Today, Almon is able to live in a decent, safe, and sanitary apartment with his wife thanks to assistance he received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program [HUD-VASH]:

If it wasn’t for HUD-VASH, I couldn’t think about even owning a home in the future. Not only having my own apartment for the past 2 years, have allowed me to feel a lot better about myself. When you have a key that you can put in the door, it gives you the chance to control your destiny. […] 

There will be other veterans coming home in the future, and they need the same opportunities that I had.

Mitt Romney has threatened to eliminate HUD, which would be devastating for millions of veterans and families struggling to get back on their feet. Hear the rest of Almon’s story and learn about how poverty and unemployment affect our veterans.

(Source: halfinten.org)

Thursday May 3 3:10pm  117 notes
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