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  •  Do you know if there is any data on these folks? (2+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, Youffraita

    I've been curious because I work with homeless vets at Stand Down in San Diego and know of the type you refer to. My experience is many more homeless vets would like to break the cycle of homelessness but need more resources. But my experience is only anecdotal and I really don't know.

    I'm not serious. Seriously.

    by IB JOHN on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:56:55 PM PDT

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    •  One good source of info (1+ / 0-)
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      National Coalition for the Homeless
      http://nationalhomeless.org/...

      According to the one of many fact sheets linked above:

      Approximately 16% of the single adult homeless population suffers from some form of severe and persistent mental illness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005).
      From the same fact sheet, indicators are that some recent contributors to homelessness are in line with your experience.
      Reasons why homelessness persists include stagnant or falling incomes and less secure jobs which offer fewer benefits.
      The declining value and availability of public assistance is another source of increasing poverty and homelessness.
      However, their specific data on veterans says it's not so simple:
      33% of male homeless population are veterans
      76% experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems
      http://nationalhomeless.org/...

      I have spent decades working with low income individuals and families, including those that are homeless. Something like this can be said of all of them

      homeless vets would like to break the cycle of homelessness but need more resources.
      I don't know how may times someone has told me that all they need is job placement and affordable housing, because they are in denial about the need for mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment to deal with issues that would prevent them from keeping a job or a home if they got one. The "want to" is there, but some of the missing resources can be the individual's own "resources", as well as the system and society.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:51:58 PM PDT

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