The Fight to End Vet Homelessness
Efforts to end veteran homelessness across the country are making headway. But on any given night, 62,000 veteran heroes still have no place to lay their head* and Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio saw the number of homeless veterans it serves jump by 19% to more than 1,750 in 2012.
Clearly, there is work to be done. In response to this need, Volunteers of America opened a new 54-bed transitional housing program for homeless male and female veterans in 2012 and has so far served more than 130 homeless heroes.
A major priority moving forward is to provide even more access to services for veterans. It is a goal to add affordable housing for veterans suffering from PTSD and severe mental illness and to assist more veterans with families who are experiencing extreme poverty situations. Additionally, opportunities to build residential facilities dedicated to female veterans are being explored.
Our service to those in need extends beyond veterans as well. In 2012 alone, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio served more than 17,000 veterans, families, men and children through its various housing, employment and social service programs.