The Streets are NOT an Option
While serving in the military, Veterans’ time are not their own. Told where to report and when to report with housing either provided or supported with BAH, it is a definite culture shock to try to find suitable and affordable housing – especially in some areas – and even harder when many Veterans are either un- or under-employed.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Americans, between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year, and on any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S. Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are Veterans and Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are:
- Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan)
- Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities
- Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities
- Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention
- Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life
- Lack of services
Inside the Wire Foundation addresses the root causes of homelessness in its Evolution program. We, along with our partner organizations, work to find suitable housing for our clients, but more importantly we address each of root causes in our 7-month structured program. Our goal is to give our clients the tools and information to find suitable housing, so they can use this knowledge throughout their lives.