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Veteran Homelessness

Austin Commits To Ending Vet Homelessness By 2015, Joins Growing List Of Other Cities

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact

The capital of Texas has a bold, new goal regarding veteran homelessness, and they have about 14 months to achieve it. On Wednesday, Austin became ...

This Magician Had An Excellent Reason For Ripping Up A Homeless Veteran's Sign

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact

Most people who'd enjoy tearing a homeless man's cardboard sign probably wouldn't be doing it for the sake of humanity. But most people aren't Rob And...

South Carolina To Establish Court For Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Columbia has pulled a 180 in its fight against homelessness. The capital city of South Carolina -- which sparked controversy last year for crimina...

New VA Funds Will Help 70,000 Homeless Veterans And Their Families

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that $207 million will be allocated in grants to help fight veteran homelessness across Amer...

Another Major U.S. City Vows To End Veteran Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact

A city known for its deep dish pizza and windy weather wants another claim to fame: a community without a single homeless vet. On Sept. 16, Chicag...

Number Of Homeless Vets Sleeping On Street Drops Nearly 40 Percent In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact

Thousands of homeless veterans have found stable housing in recent years, thanks to federal, state and local initiatives combating the crisis. Acco...

Homeless Vets Volunteer To Build Homes For Other Homeless Vets

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.20.2014 | Good News

These veterans are working to help a cause that they themselves are all too familiar with. Two homeless vets from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a...

First Lady, National Leaders Champion the Fight Against Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.08.2014 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

All eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama last Thursday when she entered the stage at the annual conference of the National Alliance to End Homelessness at Washington's Renaissance Hotel. Everyone stood as she walked toward Leon Drake, the Vietnam-war and OIF veteran who had introduced her, and gave him a hug.

Navy Vet Turned Teacher Simulates Homelessness For A Month To Raise Awareness, Funds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

Thomas Rebman said spending a month living as if he were homeless was the hardest thing he has ever done -- a profound statement coming from a vetera...

L.A. Mayor Accepts Michelle Obama's Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness By 2016

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact

Los Angeles is the latest major U.S. city to set a bold goal regarding veteran homelessness: It wants to end it within the next two years. Mayor E...

Formerly Homeless Boy Is Giving People On The Streets A Fresh Start With His Soap Business

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

Donovan Smith is an expert at crafting donuts, pies, popsicles and cupcakes. But be warned: His seemingly mouth-watering creations should stay clear o...

VA Couldn't Help This Homeless Vet With Disabilities, So A Bunch Of Strangers Stepped In Instead

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

When Lonnie Whitfield, a homeless veteran with disabilities, learned that he would have to continue living out of his car because the VA couldn’t he...

Eleanor Goldberg

'They May Have Been Heroes' Photos Spotlight Fact That Homeless Vets Deserve Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact

The VA scandal has awakened the nation to the lengthy wait times that veteran patients have had to endure for healthcare. But the failings of the vete...

Amid VA Scandal, Michelle Obama Offers Reminder That Vet Homelessness Is Down 24%

Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday set out to show that not all the news coming out of Washin...

What Will Happen To Homeless Vets When VA Declares Vet Homelessness 'Over' Next Year?

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact

By all accounts, the U.S has made impressive strides in putting an end to veteran homelessness. From 2010 to 2013, the number of vets sleeping on t...

Funeral Held For Homeless Veteran With Mental Illness Who 'Baked To Death' In Jail Cell

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — A mentally ill, homeless former Marine who died in an overheated jail cell more than two months ago was a giving and kind person, hi...

VA Faces Backlash, Reverses 'Morally Wrong' Cuts That Would Affect Homeless Veterans

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact

The Department of Veteran Affairs is hoping a reversal in policy will appease some community groups fighting veteran homelessness. After conducting...

New Program Takes Big Step In The Fight Against Veteran Homelessness

Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

A new residential treatment facility aimed at preventing homelessness among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan opened in San Diego on Monday...

Can A City Really 'End' Homelessness?

www.theatlanticcities.com | Posted 12.27.2013 | Impact

Last week, the city of Phoenix made a startling announcement. The Arizona capital had previously identified 222 chronically homeless veterans living i...

US Homelessness Drops Third Year In A Row

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homeless people in the U.S. declined for a third straight year, helped by sharp dropoffs in veteran and chronic home...

The Sad Reason Female Vets Aren't Seeking Help

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 11.30.2013 | Los Angeles

She once wore Army-issue green, then earned the rank of E-3 seaman in the U.S. Navy. But when Serwa Scorza left the uniform, insignia and base behind...

Oh, These Gnawing Questions

Fatima Bhojani | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Fatima Bhojani

"What am I going to eat today?" Curtis Lipscomb wakes up with this gnawing question. It's exactly noon on Saturday.

We Can Beat Phoenix in Ending Veteran Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

You might be wondering what I was doing at boot camp last week. Well, let me just say that this was a very special kind of boot camp. The Rapid Resul...

Homeless -- and Happy -- at Age 92

William Laney | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
William Laney

Michelangelo is -- at age 92 -- homeless. But more important, Michelangelo is -- at age 92 -- a happy camper. And the words "happy camper" are appropriate, for they describe a man who enjoys, as he does, living close to nature.

New Directions for Veterans Unveiled

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

The name New Directions for Veterans and the new tagline - Putting Veterans First Since 1992 - will be tied to building on New Directions' history and many years of service to homeless veterans.