EIN# : 39-1798221
Veterans Assistance Foundation,Inc.
VA Outpatient Clinic
21425 Spring Street
Union Grove, WI 53182
Ending Veteran Homelessness
Did you know that there are 22,658,000 Veterans in America? If we using 13% (which is the number used by the USDVA) the number of possible homeless Veterans in America would indicate there are between 529,000 and 840,000, Veterans who are homeless at some time during the year. These are men and women who served their country in times of war and times of peace.
Most Veterans who are homeless are male and single. Few services are provided from local, state, and federal programs for homeless males.
The Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc. would appreciate your donations. It gives us the chance to continue to help those veterans, who need a hand up, not a hand out. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the address below.
The Veterans Assistance Foundation is now a member of the 2011 Badgerland Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our information can be found on Page 7 of the CFC book under Local Independent Organizations and our CFC number is 71109.
Or send donations to :
The National Armed Forces FreedomRide-WI
8444 W. McMyron St
West Allis, WI. 53214
Combat ought to be the most difficult experience of a veteran's life, but many veterans go on to become homeless for eight or nine times the length of their deployments.
~Homelessness is unacceptable
~There are no "homeless people", but rather people who have lost their homes who deserve to be treated with dignity & respect
~Homelessness is expensive; it is better to invest in solutions
~Homelessness is solvable; we have learned a lot about what can work
~Homelessness can be prevented
~There is strength in collaboration and we can all make a difference
The federal government has recently taken on homelessness among veterans as a top priority. In fact, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) General Eric Shinseki has committed to substantially reducing the number of homeless veterans in five years. This is a tall order – at present, an order that would end homelessness for 76,000 veterans. In order to achieve this goal, VA must invest in permanent supportive housing, discharge services, and increased affordable housing options.
The veteran homelessness population is made up of veterans who served in several different conflicts, ranging from World War II to the recent conflicts. Though research indicates that veterans who served in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at greatest risk of homelessness, veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq often have severe disabilities that are known to be correlated with homelessness. And as the military evolves, so too do the challenges. Homeless women veterans, for instance, are far more common now than in any other time in the past.
As with the general homeless population, rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention strategies are critical for many veterans experiencing homelessness. However, those veterans with the most severe physical and mental health disabilities – often caused by their military service – require permanent housing with supportive services.
Many veterans experiencing homelessness could exit homelessness with rental assistance and a few additional services.
Many homeless veterans face some of the same challenges as people experiencing chronic homelessness: mental illness, substance abuse and addiction, and physical disability. For veterans, many of these ailments may be the result of service-induced trauma. As such, the first step to successfully ending homelessness among veterans is to address vulnerability factors when soldiers are discharged; VA must be prepared to assess the housing status of veterans as they leave active service and be able to follow-up afterwards.
After that initial assessment, VA should be prepared to address homelessness though permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing strategies, service-intensive interventions, and prevention policies for at-risk veterans.
Far too many veterans are homeless in America. Homeless veterans can be found in every state and live in rural, suburban and urban communities. In 2010, it is estimated that 76,329 veterans were homeless on a given night. In the interactive map below, roll over a state to see see how many veterans are estimated to be homeless