Can Obama End Veteran Homelessness?

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If you think homelessness among veterans is unacceptable, you’re not alone. Obama has pledged to establish a national “zero tolerance policy” for homelessness among veterans. In his proposed budget, he took a bold step towards that goal by proposing a 10 percent increase for Veterans Affairs. But will increasing government spending to match our “support our troops” rhetoric ultimately end veteran homelessness?

It’s no mystery that veterans are disproportionately represented among the homeless population. During good economic times, one in four people without a roof wore the uniform (thanks to the recession, that number is probably a bit lower today). While many of these homeless vets served in Vietnam, a growing number of vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are winding up in shelters and on the streets.

Why, you ask? The answer, of course, is where our government chooses to direct funding (or not direct funding, as is the case here). During the Bush years, Veterans Affairs (VA) was wholly undersupported by the Bush administration. Suffering through astronomical budget shortfalls and lowball estimates that failed to take into account the costs of treating vets returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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4 Responses

  1. nope. the Va and others still discriminate. the programs are still often unsafe or inaccessible for many especially no baby disabled females, non addicts, and there are no advocate who deal with legalities.
    discrimination still keeps many in the road.
    i have 8 years of personal experience.

  2. But the VA is getting better, gregor with 25+ years experience, it is frustrating, but you need to work the system, rather than let the system work you, gregor

  3. the va is gettign better for recently returning Combat vets.Only and ONLY whne the rest of us die or give up they actully lied to a citymanager covering up thier lack recently only becasue i found legal help 1000 miles away did i get to this time repair damage.

    MOST of the va staff still beleive it is not thier jobto advocate for veterans needs and rights. UNTILTHEY HAVE ADA/504 TRIANING GET TOLD tpatient advocay is thier job FOR ALL VETERANS ONLY THAT ONE POPULATION WILLBE SERVED .

    and please spread the news it is not gettingbetter for tbi nad pain disabled it is getting barely better for ptsd wiht some new mds nad phds who know what it is and how to treat a handful accross the usa

    they have no per diem beds here in wealhty GOP orange county ca they have no HOMLESS PROGRAMS for vets here . IF YOU ARE HERE YOUARE HOMELESS .
    MOST OF Ca hjas one bed for every 20 homless before and now. and you must be able to put up with certain abusive behaviors nad lackof accessiblity
    many are staffed by recent ly recoverd and with no long term mental healhcare..

    There is NOT ONE legal agency in CA DEALS WITH SHELTER DISCRIMINATION . WITH I BED FOR EVERY 20 HOMELESS AND NO MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BEING BUILT ALMOST NO ACCESSIBLE HOUSING IN THE SECTION8 OR POOR PEOPLE PRICE RANGE .

    you do not have 25 yrears expierIence being denied or working with specail needs ,muliti dISABLED AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED abled or other specail populations left out OF SHELTERS . None does this. no one.

    SHELTERS DONT DO WAITING LIST TO RECORDS TURN DOWNS for proofs . NO ONE IS KEEPING RECORDS OF THIS. not even HUD.
    IT IS ONE OF USA’S UGLY SECRETS.

    i found one legal person 1000 miles away who helped me with housing voucher discrimination NOE ONE WILL DO shelter or VA or Medical care discriminatIon in program and policies.

    IF YOU ARE A NEWLY RETURNING VET WITH PTSD BUT OTHERWISE HEALTHY YOU MAY GET HELP.

    YOU GOT PRoOF OF OTHER PROGRAMS legal and advocates whove done cases TO STIOP DISCRIM let’s have it..

    You got proof VA now has an ada/504 officer at every VA show me the paperwork…

    You do not have 25 years expereince being mulitdisbled fighting for care nad shlter left in the street in 3 states including Ca form orange county to Berkeley. No safe Affordable, Accessible transitional shelter. Almost no accessible housing. none in section8 price range available for years, unless your in special advocated groups with access to lobbyists and others who get the info first and only.

  4. 2010 :

    HUD VASH housing for those with min 15k income
    STILL leaves out most disabled.

    LITERALLY IN THE ROAD.

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