Lisle Rotary Charities 9th Annual

Rotary of Lisle Red White and Blue Ball
Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:30 PM
Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
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Veteran Homelessness Facts

The vast majority of homeless veterans (96%) are single males from poor, disadvantaged communities. Homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America.

  • The number of female veterans is on the rise: in 2006, there were 150 homeless female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; in 2011, there were 1,700. That same year, 18% of homeless veterans assisted by the VA were women. Comparison studies conducted by HUD show that female veterans are two to three times more likely to be homeless than any other group in the US adult population.
  • Veterans between the ages of 18 and 30 are twice as likely as adults in the veneral population to be homeless, and the risk of homelessness increases significantly among young veterans who are poor.
  • Roughly 56% of all homeless veterans are African-American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 and 15.4% of the U.S. population respectively.
  • About 53% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities, compared with 41% of homeless non-veteran individuals.
  • Half suffer from mental illness; two-thirds suffer from substance abuse problems; and many from dual diagnosis (which is defined as a person struggling with both mental illness and a substance abuse problem).
  • Veterans spend an average of nearly six years of homelessness, compared to four years reported among non-veterans.

How many veterans are homeless?
While only 8% of Americans can claim veteran status, 17% of our homeless population is made up of veterans. In 2010, the Department of Veteran Affairs estimated than on any given night there were 76,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. Today, that number is closer to 50,000.

What is the primary cause of veteran homelessness?
Veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless than other Americans due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. Veterans have low marriage rates and high divorce rates, and currently 1 in 5 veterans is living alone. Social networks are particularly important for those who have a crisis or need temporary help. Without this assistance, they are at high risk for homelessness. Nearly half a million veterans are severely rent burdened and paying more than 50% of their income for rent. More than half of veterans with severe housing cost burden fell below the poverty level and 43% receive food stamps.

There should be no need for our homeless Heroes to have
to carry a sign.

Homeless Veterans