Since 2010, the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 33%, largely due to the collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Labor (DOL) and the community- and faith-based homeless service providers that the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) represents. This administration's initiative to end homelessness among veterans in five years has signaled a new era for the homeless veteran movement, which has been well underway for two decades.
Tonight, approximately 49,000 veterans will sleep in alleys, abandoned buildings and under bridges because they have no home. They are this nation’s forgotten heroes – the men and women who once proudly served in a military uniform. Yet this year alone, approximately twice that many will experience the ravages of homelessness.
A successful local campaign to end and prevent homelessness depends on community partnerships and compassionate citizen involvement. As an individual with or without affiliation, you can make a difference in the lives of America’s former guardians. They answered the call to serve our nation in a way few Americans ever will, and they deserve the full measure of our support in their greatest hour of need.
How You Can Help
Everyone can help save lives and restore the hope and dignity of America’s homeless veterans. These suggestions will allow you to have an immediate impact in your community.
Winning local initiatives depend on citizen involvement. Learn how to prepare yourself for the campaign, arm yourself with the facts to support your position, and how to gain the support of your community and elected officials through effective communication.
Information about member benefits and annual fees. If you represent a homeless veteran service provider, or a community- or faith-based organization serving homeless veterans, NCHV is your strongest voice on Capitol Hill.