Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Homelessness in Los Angeles has dropped by 30 percent among veterans even while rising for residents overall, the New York Times reports — progress that local officials attribute to housing vouchers for veterans. “Where we invest, we see results,” says the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s executive director.
Nationally, the number of homeless veterans has dropped by 35 percent since 2009, according to the single-night counts that local communities perform every January. While the recovering economy likely played a role, much of the credit goes to the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program, which provides rental assistance to homeless veterans along with case management and clinical services through VA medical centers.