Below is a compilation of articles and blog posts written about housing for veterans with disabilities.
NLC Executive Director Relates his Personal Experience with Veteran Homelessness
Clarence Anthony, NLC Executive Director, spoke about the personal impact veteran homelessness has had on him and his family at the 100,000 Homes Campaign's "veteran boot camp" in Tampa, FL.
As Veterans Come Home, Will They Have One?
More than one million veterans who have served the country in places across the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan, will be returning soon. Local leaders can play an important role in the process of reintegrating these veterans into the community.
New Days, New Ways: Innovation is Needed to Tackle Housing Problems (April 18, 2013)
During the past several months, there have been national conversations about what the appropriate next steps should be in federal housing policy as a national “housing recovery” becomes a reality for more and more Americans.
In the past several weeks, there have been an increasing number of reports by the federal government and in the media about the travesty our veterans are facing as they wait–at times for years–to receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
During the State of the Union address last night, NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers joined First Lady Michelle Obama in the gallery, a clear recognition of the vital role that cities play in strengthening our nation. Among the many topics covered, the President announced his intention to withdraw approximately 34,000 American troops from Afghanistan in the coming year, with a complete withdrawal by the end of 2014.
This is a critical year in our nation’s efforts to end veteran homelessness. In late 2009 and early 2010, the federal government rolled out their plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015. We are now more than half way through that timeline and if we are to achieve that goal, the involvement of elected officials and municipal staff is critical.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their latest national estimate of the number of homeless across the country. While there are several points of good news, there are also sober realities that must be acknowledged.
It wasn’t too long ago when the term sequestration was one that practically no one used. Lately though, it seems that a news cast doesn’t go by without the word being mentioned. It is commonly thought that Congress and the Administration made sure sequestration would not hurt any programs that help our veterans, but that notion is false.
This year, Veterans Day comes on the heels of a long election season. The divisiveness that characterized this election must now be overcome so that the big issues we face can be addressed. When Congress reconvenes here in D.C. on Tuesday, let’s hope they will remember the values we honor on Veterans Day – patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the American Housing Survey (AHS). This year’s survey had a core set of questions, as well as supplemental questions regarding home modifications and the needs of occupants living with disabilities.
To help cities meet the housing needs of all veterans, the National League of Cities hosted a webinar focusing on the solutions to provide housing for disabled veterans across the “disability spectrum”.
On Tuesday, October 9, representatives from NLC joined more than 200 supporters from over 55 veteran and military service organizations, nonprofits, businesses and government agencies to celebrate the official launch of the Community Blueprint.
NLC Staff travelled to San Antonio to participate in the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans’ (NCHV) 2012 Veterans Access to Housing Summit.
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan beginning to wind down, more than one million veterans will be coming home by 2016. These men and women will come home changed by their experiences to communities that have also changed while they were away.
In another sign that veteran-related issues garner bipartisan support, members of the House Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committees recently held a joint hearing with both Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
On August 6, for the second time in as many weeks, President Obama signed legislation to expand and enhance the services and resources available for our service members, veterans and their families.
Last week, Paycheck to Paycheck was released by the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy. The report looked at the cost of housing in more than 200 metropolitan areas and the incomes earned for 74 jobs, including five jobs "targeted by training programs sponsored by the Department of Labor in partnership with the military and other organizations: carpenters, dental assistants, electricians, firefighters and truck drivers."
This year’s 4th of July is a unique opportunity to reflect on our nation’s veterans. As our military begins to wind down involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation also marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812 and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. What came out of these two wars were vastly different public responses.
With Memorial Day approaching, we may find our thoughts drifting to enjoying a few days with family and friends away from the rush of everyday life. But hopefully, for a least a moment, we will reflect on why this three-day weekend in late-May happens. For the more than 22 million veterans, this weekend is a time to remember and honor friends and fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines whose lives were given for our country.
During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, more than 48,000 men and women have been injured. To put that in some perspective, this is about the same number of people living in cities such as Concord, NH, Salina, KS or Olympia, WA. With both of these wars winding down, veterans are in need of homes that allow them to become fully integrated into their communities.