BEDS Plus Serving Veterans
"One veteran experiencing homelessness will always be one too many."
There has been an 11% Decrease in Veteran Homelessness by U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Report November 3, 2022. Read more on this report HERE.
Veterans are more likely than civilians to lose their homes.
BEDS Plus has served 145 Veterans over the past 5 years
Last year, 34 Veterans were served; 25 of them were new to BEDS
To be fair, veteran homelessness has fallen by almost 50 percent over the past decade. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) attributes this success to “investments in Veteran-specific programs, a Housing First approach, and strong leadership.” Most progress took place between 2010 and 2016; since then, it has “stalled.” In 2020, there were still more than 37,000 veterans experiencing homelessness (meaning they could populate a city more than twice the size of La Grange). Illinois has 736 veterans experiencing homelessness, about 2 percent of the national population.
But they lose them for the same reasons.
Veteran homelessness begins with a national lack of affordable housing. “Shell shocked veteran” film and tv tropes do not reflect veterans or their reasons for losing housing. Research shows that combat does not increase a veteran’s chance of losing their home, nor does a PTSD diagnosis. Instead, they have the same risk factors as the rest of us: low incomes, unemployment, health and behavioral conditions, justice system involvement, etc.
We help them return.
Last year, we served 25 new veterans experiencing homelessness and imminent risk of homelessness. We served them in our primary programs and referred them to specialized veteran resources including VA Hines Health Care and Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD - VASH), which provides veterans with housing, case management, health and behavioral healthcare, and supportive services.
So can you.