Homeless Veterans



Spending hike sought to help end veterans homelessness | McClatchy Darren Spencer a former homeless veteran and his 18yearold son Lamont Spencer pose in their Tacoma Washington apartment Wednesday April 4 2012 | Lui Kit


In Tacoma: Help needed to send homeless to college

Chalaia Smith is determined to become something more than a statistic.

“There’s a stereotype with homeless youth – that we are all troublemakers, that we’ll always be homeless,” said the graduating Foss High School senior. Smith has other ideas. The 18-year-old is headed to Washington State University, with her eye on a career in veterinary medicine.


being numb to homelessness

But being numb to homelessness has social costs that are greater than people realize. “Letting a lot of people become homeless it is not smart move,” Roman said of the fact that the stimulus monies that have kept homelessness at a steady rate are running out.

“It is costly in terms of causing an increase in health care costs, causing poor performance in schools, and making it hard to reduce unemployment.”

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growing risk of homelessness for low-income families.

Yet, investigators also found that doubled-up households (people living with other families) increased by 13 percent between 2009 and 2011. In addition, the number of severely housing cost burdened families (defined as families below the poverty line paying 50 percent or more of their monthly income on housing) went up by 22 percent in the same time period.

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