These veterans, who have experienced homelessness, unemployment and other troubles since leaving service, are now finding solace as farmers.
Many thousands more are living in deep poverty and paying more than they can afford for rent, leaving them extremely vulnerable to homelessness.
The House Operating Budget fully funds all these programs and adds a new program called “Ending Family Homelessness” which aims to end homelessness for households with children who are unsheltered or living in shelters and motels.
The veterans first take a 10-week class on aspects of agriculture and small-scale farming, such as soil management, planting techniques, irrigation and how to deal with insects and mildew. Then they work together to seed, plant, weed, till and harvest vegetables that go to the Clark County Food Bank.
Opposition to welfare programs has been primarily in the United States. Members of both the Republican and Democratic Party (as well as third parties such as the Libertarians have favored reducing or eliminating welfare. The landmark piece of legislation which reduced welfare was the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act under the Clinton administration.
The 2016 CHALENG Survey
2016 CHALENG survey on Veterans Homelessness is open. Veterans, Community, Partners, VA Staff
Hundreds of veterans are sleeping on the street or in the emergency shelter system in the District of Columbia. This brief examines data from the vulnerability index survey, completed by the DC Department of Health and Human Services and Common Ground, a nonprofit supportive housing provider.
The annual cost for homeless inpatient care in the region is $70 million, according to the county Department of Health Services.
Amos Allen recently gave out 50 gift bags to the homeless, filled with toiletries, food and a Bible, paid for out of his own pocket.
“There has been a 10-year effort at the federal level to reduce chronic homelessness among individuals with significant mental health or other kinds of disabilities,” said Rice. “It is a lot cheaper to help them afford stable housing with the services they need than to allow them to languish on the streets, which costs the government more money in health care costs, trips to emergency rooms—not to mention jail.”