WASHINGTON — On the night of Jan. 24, 2018, volunteers across the country counted 37,878 veterans living on the streets or in transitional housing and shelters – a decrease of 2,142, or 5.4 percent, from those counted in January 2017.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released Thursday the results of its annual point-in-time count of the country’s homeless. The decline in veteran homelessness comes one year after the department reported the first increase in veteran homelessness in a decade.
The number of homeless veterans declined in 34 states last year. For female veterans, homelessness went down by 10 percent, from 3,571 veterans counted in 2017 to 3,219 in January.
More than 4,000 veterans found homes in 2017 using the HUD-VASH program, in which veterans receive housing vouchers from HUD and case management and clinical services from the VA.