One in five homeless adults is a veteran
Veterans make up a disproportionate share of the homeless population. Nearly 62,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and twice as many experience homelessness during a year. Right now, the number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war. Already, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are appearing among the homeless population.
Veterans face challenges unique to their service such as prolonged separation from traditional support and close friends, highly stressful job training and non-transferability of skills which can add to the struggle to maintain stable housing and employment. A growing percentage of veterans also struggle with mental health issues which require special treatment.
Volunteers of America is committed to ending homelessness for those already on the street and preventing others from becoming homeless. Volunteers of America provides a wide array of well-designed and managed services to meet the specific needs of homeless veterans.
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio has been offering targeted veterans programs since 1992 and is currently the leading human services provider to homeless veterans in the Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton metro areas. We give veterans a chance to reclaim their lives and overcome barriers such as unemployment or mental illness – the root causes of homelessness for many. We uplift them to reach the goal of which we know they are capable, being a productive citizen. Every year 1,750 veterans were empowered to live self-sufficient lives through our programs.