What is the scale of Veteran homelessness?
Most Veterans who experience homelessness are men over age 50 living in urban areas. Among Veterans experiencing sheltered homelessness in 2016, about 9 in 10 (91%) were men, about the same as for all U.S. Veterans.
What do we know about the homelessness of Women Veterans?
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is tied to a greater risk of homelessness among Veteran women. Dr. Adi V. Gundlapalli stated that some of our men and women in uniform face challenges after they return from service and post-deployment homelessness is an extreme case of poor community reintegration. Women veterans are at least twice as likely to be homeless as non-veteran women. Women veterans are also more likely to be single parents with one or more dependents.
Why are Veterans experiencing housing instability?
These may include poverty, unemployment and economic hardships, trauma, mental health conditions (including but not limited to PTSD), substance use disorders, family or relationship conflicts, disruptions in connections to social support networks, social isolation, and incarceration.