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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Veterans’ Homeless Rates Far Outpace General Population

  • February 3, 2012
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Military veterans are significantly more likely than the general population to be homeless, with a substantial gap between male and female veterans’ rates, according to a new study.

Males veterans were almost 50 percent as likely as nonveterans to be homeless, while female veterans were twice as likely as nonveterans to be homeless, reported the National Journal. Age is a critical factor in determining the likelihood for veterans to become homeless. Male veterans were most likely to be homeless between the ages of 45 and 54, while female veterans between the ages 18 and 29 were most likely to be homeless. As a result, recent female veterans could greatly benefit from housing assistance programs.

The study also found that the population of homeless veterans is increasingly getting older.

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