Safety Net Services and Veteran Homelessness
Unsheltered homelessness among veterans has declined rapidly since 2009; however, more than one-third of veterans experiencing homelessness stayed in places not meant for human habitation during 2014. Research has identified a negative relationship between federal spending on the social safety net and community level rates of homelessness, but not specifically for veterans. The present study assessed whether investment in veteran-specific safety net resources predicted changes in the rate of unsheltered veteran homelessness. Increases in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care expenditures were significantly associated with a decline in unsheltered veteran homelessness, perhaps explained by additional VA resources aimed at identifying and housing these veterans.
Montgomery, Ann Elizabeth; Fargo, Jamison; and Byrne, Thomas H.
"Impact of Community Investment in Safety Net Services on Rates of Unsheltered Homelessness Among Veterans,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 42
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol42/iss4/3