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National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Statement on the 2020 AHAR and PIT Count

After a significant and unexplained delay, HUD released its 2020 Point and Time (PIT) count data on people experiencing homelessness today. This year the report showed a rise in veterans experiencing homelessness. On a single night in January 2020, 37,252 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the U.S., eight percent of all homeless adults. This is a 0.4 rise in veteran homelessness from 2019. Black veterans remain overrepresented among the homeless veteran population, comprising one-third of veterans experiencing homelessness and a quarter of veterans experiencing unsheltered homelessness compared with 12 percent of all U.S. veterans. Women, transgender, and gender non-conforming veterans experiencing homelessness were more likely to be found in unsheltered locations than their male counterparts

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is disappointed to see veteran homelessness rise between 2019 and 2020. Any increase in veteran homelessness is unacceptable. The duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which it has laid bare existing inequalities are foremost in our hearts and minds. People across the country are suffering due to its economic fallout, making it much more critical to work diligently to ensure veterans can access housing as we continue our mission to end veteran homelessness. We are, however, optimistic that the new Administration’s return to evidence-based practices that helped decrease homelessness by 50% in the past 10 years will have a similar effect in the future. We are also hopeful that having new national leadership in place that has prioritized ending homelessness and focusing on racial equity and building a system of care that works for all veterans will also have a positive effect.

Despite the disappointment of the report NCHV and our members will continue our work to create a better world for veterans experiencing homelessness. The stated focus of the new Administration and the work of our members during the past year, are indicators that the change can happen and we can lead the way toward a world where no veteran is homeless.

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