FINANCE / HOUSING

More Than a House: Ending Veteran Homelessness by Addressing Failed Transition Policies

Article

This policy brief explores veteran homelessness, including current and future policy, as well as recommendations.

Abstract

In 2009, President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Since that time, it has been reduced nationwide by 33 percent (VA, 2014). In fiscal year 2014, the VA dedicated more than $1.4 billion to specialized homeless programs and more than $5.4 billion to healthcare for homeless veterans. This summer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, further committed to this national goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015, bringing renewed energy and resources to addressing the societal issue in both local and national efforts.

Full Reference

Graeser, N. and Corletto, G., 2014. More Than a House: Ending Veteran Homelessness by Addressing Failed Transition Policies. CIR Policy Brief.