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Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Homeless Veterans MEN AND WOMEN ALIKE

Homeless Veterans Published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This fact sheet examines homelessness among U.S. veterans. A list of resources for further study is also provided. BACKGROUND Far too many veterans are homeless in America—between 130,000 and 400,000 on any given night—representing between one fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people. Three times that many veterans are struggling with excessive rent burdens and thus at increased risk of homelessness. Further, there is concern about the future. Women veterans and those with disabilities including post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are more likely to become homeless, and a higher percentage of veterans returning from the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have these characteristics.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night [1]. And approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country.
Approximately 40% of homeless men are veterans, although veterans comprise only 34% of the general adult male population. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night, 200,000 veterans are homeless, and 400,000 veterans will experience homelessness during the course of a year (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 2006). 97% of those homeless veterans will be male (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2008). DEMOGRAPHICS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the nation's homeless veterans are mostly males (four percent are females). The vast majority is single, most come from poor, disadvantaged communities, 45 percent suffer from mental illness, and half have substance abuse problems. America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. 47 per cent of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67 per cent served our country for at least three years and 33 per cent were stationed in a war zone.
Here are some statistics concerning the veterans homeless [2]: 23% of homeless population are veterans 33% of male homeless population are veterans 47% Vietnam Era 17% post-Vietnam 15% pre-Vietnam 67% served three or more years 33% stationed in war zone 25% have used VA Homeless Services 85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans 89% received Honorable Discharge 79% reside in central cities 16% reside in suburban areas 5% reside in rural areas 76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems 46% white males compared to 34% non-veterans 46% age 45 or older compared to 20% non-veterans Female homeless veterans represent an estimated 3% of homeless veterans. They are more likely than male homeless veterans to be married and to suffer serious psychiatric illness, but less likely to be employed and to suffer from addiction disorders. Comparisons of homeless female veterans and other homeless women have found no differences in rates of mental illness or addictions. PROGRAMS AND POLICY ISSUES [3]
While most housing help available to veterans focuses on homeownership, there have been Federal investments in programs for homeless veterans. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) funds temporary housing for homeless veterans including: • shelter and two-year transitional housing funded through the Grant and Per Diem Program, • long-term care through the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program, and • skills programs such as the Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries Program. These programs do not meet existing need. For example, Grant and Per Diem only funds 8,000 beds. In addition, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works with VA to operate the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. HUD-VASH connects HUD Housing Choice Vouchers with VA case management and services. This is HUD’s only program targeted directly to veterans. HUDVASH, a long standing and rigorously tested program, has been under-resourced in past years, but the recent addition of 10,000 vouchers a year for two years has been a crucial step forward. The Administration did not request additional vouchers for 2010. However, the program is popular in Congress, and there is a strong possibility of additional vouchers this year. VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program -
The Grant and Per Diem program is offered annually (as funding permits) by the VA to fund community-based agencies (up to 65% of a given project) providing transitional housing or service centers for homeless veterans. While most housing help available to veterans focuses on homeownership, there have been Federal investments in programs for homeless veterans. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) funds temporary housing for homeless veterans including: • Shelter and two-year transitional housing funded through the grant and per Diem Program, • Long-term care through the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program, and • Skills programs such as the Compensated Work Therapy/Veterans Industries Program. These programs do not meet existing need. For example, Grant and Per Diem only funds 8,000 beds. In addition, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works with VA to operate the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. HUD-VASH connects HUD Housing Choice Vouchers with VA case management and services. This is HUD’s only 34 Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veterans. National Alliance to End Homelessness. 2007. program targeted directly to veterans. HUDVASH, a long standing and rigorously tested program, has been under-resourced in past years, but the recent addition of 10,000 vouchers a year for two years has been a crucial step forward. The Administration did not request additional vouchers for 2010. However, the program is popular in Congress, and there is a strong possibility of additional vouchers this year. In VA's Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence (CWT/TR) Program, disadvantaged, at-risk, and homeless veterans live in supervised group homes while working for pay in VA's Compensated Work Therapy Program (also known as Veterans Industries). Veterans in the CWT/TR program work about 33 hours per week, with approximate earnings of $732 per month, and pay an average of $186 per month toward maintenance and up-keep of the residence. The average length of stay is about 174 days. VA contracts with private industry and the public sector for work done by these veterans, who learn new job skills, relearn successful work habits, and regain a sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Supported Housing - In 2008, according to the annual homeless assessment report to Congress, 3% of the shelter’s beds were reserved for the veterans. Like the HUD-VASH program, staff in VA's Supported Housing Program provides ongoing case management services to homeless veterans. Emphasis is placed on helping veterans find permanent housing and providing clinical support needed to keep veterans in permanent housing. Staff in these programs operate without benefit of the specially dedicated Section 8 housing vouchers available in the HUD-VASH program but are often successful in locating transitional or permanent housing through local means, especially by collaborating with Veterans Service Organizations. In addition, the VA extends loans, funds Veterans Benefits Counselors, and operates drop-in centers where veterans can clean up and receive therapeutic treatment during the day.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that the VA serves about 25% of veterans in need – a figure that would leave approximately 300,000 veterans each year to seek assistance from local government agencies and voluntary organizations. In general, the needs of homeless veterans do not differ from those of other homeless people. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans suggests the most effective programs are “community-based, nonprofit, "veterans helping veterans" groups” (NCHV “Background and Statistics”). However there is some evidence that programs which recognize and acknowledge veteran experience may be more successful in helping homeless veterans transition into stable housing. Until serious efforts are made to address the underlying causes of homelessness, including inadequate wages, lack of affordable housing, and lack of accessible, affordable health care, the tragedy of homelessness among both veterans and non-veterans will continue to plague American communities.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES •Alker, Joan. Heroes Today, Homeless Tomorrow? Homelessness Among Veterans in the United States, 1991. National Coalition for the Homeless, 2201 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20037; 202/462-4822 . •National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Providing reasonable estimates of Homeless Veterans in America On Any Given Night in May, 1994, 1994. Available, free, from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333-1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148. Phone: 800-838-4357 . •National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 333-1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003-1148. Phone: 800-838-4357 ; Fax: 888-233-8582; Email: nchv@nchv.org •HUDVET. Established by HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) in consultation with national veteran service organizations, HUDVET is a Veteran Resource Center designed to provide veterans and their family members with information on HUD's community-based programs and services. HUDVET may be reached at 1-800-998-9999 (TDD 1-800-483-2209 ). •National conference on ending homelessness, policy Guide, 2009: http://www.signup4.net/Upload/NATI12A/2009194E/2009%20Policy%20Guide.pdf
THIS POST WAS MADE SO THAT THE PEOPLE COULD SEE WHAT ARE VETS MUST GO THRU TO GET ANY HELP FOR SO MANY ALL THE RED TAPE AND WELL FRANKLY BULLSHIT SETS MANY ASIDE AND THEY ARE MARGINALIZED,HERE WE DO NOT EXCEPT THAT AND HELP ANY AND ALL VETERANS NO QUESTIONS ASKED AS WE ARE ALL VETERANS WHO IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER SUFFER FROM OUR OWN CONSCIENCE AND DEMONS.AND HAVE A PERFECT FRAM OF REFERANCE AS TO HOW TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE FIELD AND AT HOME JOIN US IN OUR FIGHT AND GIVE WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP A VET,
:))))))))))))))))))) for those who have no were else to turn state agency's place more people on the street and veterans and family's than any other so called assistant programs this is were we the people come in no red tape no you do not qualified no bull shit if you are homeless or in need we will find away to love you and see you through this hour ,it has been a slow start and most funds have come from very few and my self but through education and love I have the up most faith in the people to stand for the truth in what we are doing.as the middle class shrinks more will see the truth in my words I am sorry to say love and peace people we are the resistance and we stand with you http://the-family-assistants-campaign.blogspot.com/
HELLO MY NAME IS JOSEPH BARBER I AM A FORMER SOLDIER AND PATRIOT TO THE PEOPLE , I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of LIFE
http://www.causes.com/causes/807643-the-family-assistants-campaign/invite WE ASK YOU TO SUPPORT OUR CAUSE TO ASSIST FAMILYS WHO HAVE NO ELSE WERE TO TURN. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears by voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Jesus Christ
FOR MANY LIKE MYSELF SURVIVING A WAR ZONE CAN REQUIRE EXTREM MEASURES -FROM REPRESSING YOUR FEARS TO COMPLETELY TURNING OFF YOUR EMOTIONS.THESE MEN AND WOMEN WERE TAUGHT TO BE TOUGH,TO BE STRONG,TO BE WARRIORS AND NOW THEY NEED THE STRENGTH TO BE FATHERS,SONS,DAUGHTERS,TO BE WIVES AND HUSBAND TO BE THEMSELVES https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Family-Assistants-Campaign/545945622091823?ref=hl#!/pages/The-Family-Assistants-Campaign/545945622091823, WE ARE VETERAINS WHO CAN HELP THEM FIND THEY WAY WITH THE PEOPLES HELP DO YOU HAVE OUR BACK ITS SIMPLE YES OR NO IF YOU DO GO TO OUR PAGE AND COMMENT OR GIVE ADVICE AS TO HOW WE CAN MAKE IT BETTER FOR EVERY HOMLESS MAN WOMEN AND CHILD IN OUR FINE NATION AS WE ALL SEE THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO CLUE HOW TO END THIS CYCLE OF EVENTS IT WILL BE THE PEOPLE WHO DO THAT BY COMING TOGETHER AS A MAJOR FORCE OF COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR LOVE IS POWER PEOPLE IF YOUR STRONG ENOUGH TO GIVE IT TO ANOTHER
FREEDOM IS EASY TO TAKE FOR GRANTED FOR MANY PEOPLE,IT IS A LUXURY THEY WILL NEVER KNOW.THAT IS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO HAVE RISKED EVERY THING FOR US ,MANY VETERIANS OUR HOMELESS TODAY AS WE SPEAK AND TWO OF THE MEN I AM TRYING TO HELP OUR JUST THAT VETERAINS OUR MEN AND WOMEN VETERAINS LIKE MYSELF STOOD FOR THE PEOPLE ,NOW LETS STAND FOR THEM.THEY FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOMS BECAUSE WE FELT IT WAS OUR DUTY .WE THE VETERANS AND THE RESISTANCE ARE ASKING YOU TO SHOW YOUR PATRIOTISM AND HAVE THEIR BACKS AT HOME AS THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WITH FAMILYS AND CHILDREN ARE OFTEN TO OVERWHELMED AND THE SYSTEM IS UNPREPARED TO HELP THEM http://www.causes.com/causes/807643-the-family-assistants-campaign/actions/1717656 EVERY DOLLAR WE SECURE GO 100% TO THE FAMILYS WE HELP WE DO NOT ASK FOR ONE THING IN RETURN FOR MANY OF US THIS IS OUR DUTY TO THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE Stand as Free men and women your heart knows the way have the courage to follow her.
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