A wealth of information and statistics are also available at these websites:
- Department of Veterans Affairs – www.va.gov
- National Coalition for Homeless Veterans – www.nchv.org
- National Alliance to End Homelessness – www.naeh.org.
- Largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England
- Largest provider of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs housing for veterans in New England, with more than 250 beds
- The only emergency shelter for veterans in Central Massachusetts
- Largest drug- and alcohol-free shelter in Central Massachusetts
- Veterans and families helped: more than 60,000 since 1990. This includes residents in the Housing Program, veterans reached through the Outreach Program, and veterans and families serviced by the Food Pantry.
- Veterans Inc. has one of the highest rates in the nation for transitioning veterans out of homelessness.
- Year incorporated: 1990
- Date doors opened: January of 1992, to nine homeless veterans
- Service area: Headquartered in Worcester, MA, Veterans Inc. has offices and programs in all six New England states and provides referral services across America.
- Number of veterans in the U.S. as of 2014: approximately 22.5 million2
- Increasing numbers of returning military personnel: according to the Mass. Dept. of Veterans’ Services, approximately 31,000 service members have returned to the Commonwealth since Sept. 11, 2001.
- Between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year.2
- On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S.
- Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans.2
- Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.2
- Veterans represent 11% of the adult civilian population, but 26% of the homeless population, according to the Homeless Research Institute (2007).
- Veterans are more at risk of becoming homeless than non-veterans
- The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female, is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.1
- Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are:
- Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan)
- Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities
- Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities
- Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention
- Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life
- Lack of services
Employment & Training Program
- Veterans retrained by Veterans Inc.: more than 1,000
- 80% of clients successfully complete a training program or workshop.
- 70% of clients increase their income while in the program.
- More than 65% of veterans served, who are able to work, secure full- or part-time employment through Veterans Inc.’s job placement service.
- Unemployment among male Iraq and Afghanistan veterans rose from 5% in March 2007 to 15% in March 2010, according to Labor Dept. statistics as reported in USA Today.
Health & Wellness Program
- One in 10 veterans is disabled, oftentimes by injuries sustained in combat.
- The number of disabled veterans is increasing; more than 20,000 veterans were wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- About 70% of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse problems.1
- 45% of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 1
- 19% of Iraq veterans report a mental health problem, and more than 11% of Afghanistan veterans.
- The incidence of PTSD and suicide rates among veterans is climbing.
- 62% of homeless veterans in Worcester smoke or had smoked within the past year of a recent survey, compared with 21% of the general U.S. population.
- 65% of clients abstain from drug and alcohol use for at least six months while in the Housing Program.
- Last year, Veterans Inc. distributed enough food through the Food Bank to prepare over 225,000 meals
- Last year, Veterans Inc. prepared 100,000 hot meals for veterans during the year through our Food Services Program
- Veterans Inc. provides $100,000 worth of clothing to veterans and their families each year.
- In 1993, 85 families were registered in the Veterans Inc. Food Bank program. Today there are more than 800 families registered.
- 100% of residents are provided with comprehensive counseling and assistance in applying for VA benefits, SSI/SSD disability benefits, short-term Massachusetts veterans’ benefits, and other benefits.
- With Veterans Inc.’s legal support, 60% of clients with civil judgments, corrections histories, or criminal convictions that prevented them from obtaining employment, establishing a regular payment schedule for outstanding child support payments and/or outstanding taxes; or addressing outstanding warrants or legal judgments.
- In 1994, Veterans Inc. became the first private organization in the nation to provide housing for the growing population of female veterans.
- The risk of women veterans becoming homeless is four times greater than for male veterans.
- Percentage of all military personnel represented by women: approx. 20%
- Number of women veterans as of Sept. 2009: approximately 1,824,000, which is 7.9% of all veterans1
- Increased female deployment: 41,000 in Gulf War; 182,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom4
- 7% of the nation’s homeless veteran population is comprised of women.4
- 23-29% of female veterans seeking VA medical care reported experiences of sexual assault.4
1 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
2 National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
3 National Alliance to End Homelessness
4 The National Center on Family Homelessness
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