VA has made ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 a top priority, undertaking an unprecedented campaign to dramatically increase awareness of VA services available for homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Learn more about VA's award-winning programs and partnerships that help Vets and their families find homes.
"We have more work to do and will not be satisfied until no Veteran has to sleep on the street. The success we have achieved is directly attributable to the hard work by all of our staff, and the federal, state, and community partners who are committed to ending Veteran homelessness."
~ Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
Homeless Veterans Quick Facts
- While the number of homeless persons in the United States dropped by less than 3 percent between 2013 and 2014 according to the 2014 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, Veteran homelessness has shown a more significant decline.
- The 2014 AHAR, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States, a 10 percent decline since 2013 and a 33 percent decline since 2010.
- In fiscal years (FYs) 2014 and 2015, VA awarded a total of $507 million in grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to non-profit organizations to assist Veteran families that are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With these grants, VA and its community partners will help approximately 185,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.
- During fiscal year FY 2013, VA provided specialized services to nearly 260,000 Veterans who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness
- In FY 2013, SSVF served 65,303 persons. Of 39,649 Veteran participants, 5,865 were women (15 percent of Veterans served)
- Seventy-nine percent of homeless Veterans who were enrolled in the SSVF Program in FY 2013 were rapidly rehoused; 89 percent who enrolled while facing imminent homelessness were able to remain stably housed.
Annual Point in Time Count
This chart shows the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless Veterans during the annual Point in Time Count spearheaded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Check out photos of VA's Homeless Veterans Initiative at work
2012 Point in Time Count
During the last week of January, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and local agencies across the country joined in a Point-in-Time Count—to get a statistically reliable, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless Veterans, individuals and families in the U.S. The photographs below capture the PIT count in San Diego, Calif.
Distributing clothes to Veterans.
A volunteer prepares to distribute clothes to homeless Veterans during a Washington D.C. VA Medical Center Winterhaven Veteran stand down.
Point in Time Count
Volunteers prepare for the annual Point in Time Homeless Count in Washington, D.C.
VA Teams up with Bon Jovi for Homeless Vet Provider App
On June 5,2012 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) joined The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of JBJ Soul Foundation, to announce the five finalists of Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless).
Registering at Winterhaven
Volunteers register Veterans during the annual Winterhaven stand down event at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center..
VA's Homeless Initiative in the News
- VA Approves $28 Million in Grants for Homeless Vets - The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a new national report shows that homelessness among Veterans has been reduced by approximately 7 percent between January 2011 and January 2012.
- VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of nearly $100 million in grants that will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants are going to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
- VA Announces Partnership to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans in 2012- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will collaborate with the "100,000 Homes" Campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans this year.