A new report from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicates that homelessness among veterans has decreased 17.2 percent since 2009.  Advocates and Veterans Affairs staff attribute this decline to the success of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and the VA-HUD partnership which provides vouchers for veterans to rent from private market landlords. The numbers have not declined for all veteran groups though, as pointed out by advocates who report an increase in younger veterans and rural housing experts who are seeing a trend in the increase of homelessness among veterans from rural communities.  These trends are important to note for organizations that serve homeless veterans in North Carolina. The recent data from North Carolina’s 2012 Homeless Point in Time Count indicates that our state had over 1400 homeless veterans. The 2013 count takes place on January 30 and will provide data to determine if the trends seen nationally are being replicated in North Carolina.

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