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Health Outreach Campaigns: Homelessness Awareness

Women Veterans Health Care has created materials to raise awareness of the risk of homelessness and to encourage women Veterans to take advantage of VA homeless services.

Thumbnail of homelessness awareness poster: She served. Doesn't she deserve better?

Homelessness Awareness Poster
(1.18 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

Homelessness Awareness Poster
(1.33 MB, PDF)
Dimensions: 11" x 17"




Statistics

About 14% of the adult homeless population has served in the Armed Services. A recent study found that more than 67,000 Veterans—male and female—were homeless on a single night in January 2011. Many others are considered near homeless or at risk because of poverty, inadequate support from family and friends, and dismal living conditions. While most homeless Veterans are male, women Veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and are more likely to be homeless with children.

Ending Veteran Homelessness

VA Secretary Shinseki has pledged to end homelessness for all Veterans by 2015 and, along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, VA recently announced progress to this end. The plan is as much a prevention program as a rescue mission, and it recognizes homelessness as a health care issue that is burdened by depression and substance abuse.

About Women Veterans

Women are now the fastest growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA homeless services and VA health care services for women Veterans.

Activity Ideas

  • Organize a food or clothing drive.
  • Arrange an art or photography exhibition on homelessness.
  • Schedule a job fair or a class to prepare veterans to enter or re-enter the workforce.

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