New Study -25% of all homeless are Vets




 
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New Study -25% of all homeless are Vets
 
November 8th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 

Topic: New Study -25% of all homeless are Vets


New Study -25% of all homeless are Vets
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More than 25 percent of the homeless population in the United States are military veterans, although they represent only 11 percent of the civilian adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday.

Vietnam veteran Joseph Schlactur is among the U.S. homeless. On any given night last year, nearly 196,000 veterans slept on the street, in a shelter or in transitional housing, the study by the Homelessness Research Institute found. "Veterans make up a disproportionate share of homeless people," the report said.

"This is true despite the fact that veterans are better educated, more likely to be employed and have a lower poverty rate than the general population."
The National Alliance to End Homelessness, which includes the Homelessness Research Institute as its research and education arm, planned a press conference Thursday to discuss the study's findings.
"These findings highlight the need to provide veterans with the proper housing and supportive services to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place," said Nan Roman, the organization's president. "If we can do that, then we can greatly reduce the number of homeless veterans in general."
The states with the highest number of homeless veterans include Louisiana, California and Missouri, according to the research. Washington, D.C., also had a high rate.

About 44,000 to 64,000 veterans are classified as "chronically homeless" -- homeless for long periods or repeatedly. Other veterans -- nearly 468,000 -- are experiencing "severe housing cost burden," or paying more than half their income for housing, thereby putting them at a high risk for homelessness.
The rates of the burden of housing costs were highest in Rhode Island, California, Nevada and Hawaii, but Washington, D.C., had the highest rate, according to the organization.
To reduce chronic homelessness among veterans by half, the report concludes housing coupled with supportive services should be increased by 25,000 units, and the number of housing vouchers for veterans should be increased by 20,000.
Some veterans, like Jason Kelley find themselves in a catch-22, not able to find a job because of the lack of an apartment, and not being able to get an apartment because of not having a job, The Associated Press reported.
"The only training I have is infantry training and there's not really a need for that in the civilian world," AP quoted Kelley as saying in a phone interview. In addition, he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, he said, according to AP. Kelley served in Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard.
A new Gallup poll released by Fannie Mae showed that nearly a quarter of veterans, or 24 percent, report having been concerned they may not have a place to live. Eighty-six percent of poll respondents believe homelessness among veterans is either staying at the same level or increasing.
In addition, 61 percent of poll respondents believe veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are at least as likely to become homeless as veterans of previous wars.
The poll of 1,005 veterans was conducted September 4-October 17 and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
At the National Alliance to End Homelessness event, Fannie Mae will announce a $200,000 grant to the Common Ground organization that will enable the construction of more permanent housing units for veterans.
"Our veterans have served America, and America must serve them," said Daniel Mudd, president and CEO of Fannie Mae, in a statement.
Common Ground is a nonprofit developer of housing and other solutions to prevent and end homelessness, according to the Fannie Mae statement

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/08/hom...l?iref=topnews

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Once again we see the utter neglect of Vets by the Federal Government. And interestingly enough the number of homeless vets who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan is rising, especially those who suffer from neurotic disorders such as PTS.

The fact that there are homeless in a country as rich as ours is bad enough, but the fact that so many are vets abandoned and discarded like a broken piece of equipment is truly disgusting, especially those who are in need of medical/mental/emotional assistance.
November 8th, 2007  
Del Boy
 
mmarsh - we agree!
November 8th, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
I agree. That's life... in its ugliest, most honest form.
Civilian life and military life in themselves are so different, adjusting from one to the other, psychological disease or not, is hard enough as it is.
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New Study -25% of all homeless are Vets
November 8th, 2007  
pixiedustboo
 
 
I agree mmarsh. I was reading this article on Yahoo! News last night. It is horrible. I think we should be focusing on our homeless here before we run around to other countries trying to solve their problems. (i.e. Africa and their AIDs stuff for instance).
November 8th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pixiedustboo
I agree mmarsh. I was reading this article on Yahoo! News last night. It is horrible. I think we should be focusing on our homeless here before we run around to other countries trying to solve their problems. (i.e. Africa and their AIDs stuff for instance).
I agree with that except for the AIDS part. The reason is like so many diseases AIDS spreads. If it is not checked in one country it will (and already has) spread to another. Africa is particularly important because it is believed the AIDS started there from Monkeys which mutated into a human pathogen. Most Scientists believe The cure to AIDS is somewhere on the African continent, which is why we must continue it there.

I happen to live very close to the Pasteur Institute which is one of the largest AIDS research centers in the world...
November 8th, 2007  
major liability
 
 
This is ridiculous. We should be focusing on relief for our own before throwing money at random third-world countries.

AIDS is pretty scary though, I think I remember seeing that one African country had like 25% infection rate. It's become a real plague.
November 8th, 2007  
Del Boy
 
I remember that when AIDS first emerged, we were warned that it would decimate Africa.

I will not start any blame game going here, just let me say that I am delighted to have heard somewhere recently that a cure is very close.

Anyway - looks like we are gonna have unanimity here on this particular thread, and i reckon that's good - takes some doing!
November 8th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
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Originally Posted by major liability
This is ridiculous. We should be focusing on relief for our own before throwing money at random third-world countries.

AIDS is pretty scary though, I think I remember seeing that one African country had like 25% infection rate. It's become a real plague.
The best way to cure a disease is at its source. So by helping Africa we are also helping ourselves.
November 8th, 2007  
tomtom22
 
 

Topic: It's a damn shame.


Let's stick to the subject- Homeless veterans not AIDS

This study does not present anything new.

I remember seeing this very same statistic more than ten years ago. This fact has been around for quite a while. And yes nothing has been done about it.

It's a damn shame.
November 9th, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yeah.
And here's the thing about most homeless people: they can't be helped. They're just so used to their way of life that you fix everything, give them a skill, give them a job, and they'll be back on the streets again in no time.
I hate to sound like a but that's just what happens. It's not like people don't try to help but sometimes people are simply beyond repair.
There are people out there willing to help. For those on the streets who want to get off it, there are avenues for that. But that's where they stay because that's their new home.
 


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