Number Of Homeless Female Veterans More Than Doubled In Four Years: Report | Huffington Post
The number of homeless female veterans is on the rise, and the Department of Veteran Affairs isn’t adequately prepared to handle it.
In four years, the number of homeless veteran women more than doubled — rising to 3,328 in 2010 from 1,380 in 2006, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
But even as more veteran women are becoming homeless, the VA still isn’t prepared to deal with it, the report found. Nearly a quarter of VA Medical Center coordinators surveyed for the report said they didn’t have plans to temporarily house homeless women while those women wait for housing in other programs aimed at housing homeless veterans.
The VA “does not have sufficient data about the population and needs of women veterans to plan effectively for increases in their numbers as servicemembers return from Iraq and Afghanistan,” the authors wrote in the report. “Further, without improved services, women — including those with children and those who have experienced military sexual trauma — remain at risk of homelessness and experiencing further abuse.”
The report also found that nearly two-thirds of homeless female veterans are between the ages of 40 and 59 years old, many of them living with children. That’s an especially large problem, seeing as 60 percent of the VA’s Grant and Per Diem Programs that serve homeless women — an effort that gives community agencies funding to provide veterans with services — don’t house children.
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