In Greenville, South Carolina, Habitat for Humanity has earmarked an entire neighborhood, Grace Point, to be dedicated to Veterans and their families. The block consists of several houses to be remodeled as well as empty lots for which new houses will be built. The completion date is estimated for 2018 and the total cost of the project will top 1.3 million. $900,000 has already been raised for the plan.
“Despite their sacrifice and service to our country, veterans face a risk of housing instability when they return,” said Monroe Free, Executive Director of Habitat Greenville. “Through the development of Grace Point, we are making a commitment to our local veterans that they will be able to find safe and secure affordable housing in Greenville. We are asking the community to make the same commitment to our local heroes through support of this initiative.”
On any given night, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 47,725 homeless American veterans sleep on the street. Here are some quick facts about homeless veterans in America:
DEMOGRAPHICS OF HOMELESS VETERANS
- 11% of the homeless adult population are veterans
- 20% of the male homeless population are veterans
- 68% reside in principal cities
- 32% reside in suburban/rural areas
- 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
- 50% have serious mental illness
- 70% have substance abuse problems
- 57% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
- 50% are age 51 or older, compared to 19% non-veterans
Veteran homeless has been a problem all over the country. Nationwide efforts to assist service members who find themselves in tough times has managed to reduce the rate of homeless by half since 2010 and in 2016 it is down 17% from 2015.
If you or anyone you know is a homeless veteran and needs help please call the Bureau of Veteran’s Affairs at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) There are many programs and assistance available to get veterans into safe housing.
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