Since 2012, NLC has supported city leaders in their efforts to meet the housing needs of veterans and their families through research and technical engagement. The experience of military service is a life-changing event for those who serve during wartime or peacetime. Our veterans leave the world's best military with unique skills and talents that can benefit the communities they choose to call home.
As our veterans come home, they return to communities that have also transformed. A vital first step to successful reintegration is making sure veterans and their families have stable housing. With secure, safe housing, veterans can focus on other areas of life such as employment, education, healthcare, and mental health.
The National League of Cities works on veterans housing in three programmatic areas: veteran homelessness, aging-in-place for senior veterans, and housing for veterans with disabilities. By working with city leaders to prioritize the housing needs of veterans, solutions and best practices are developed that can benefit non-veteran populations facing similar housing challenges.
Historically, veterans have been over-represented in the homeless population. In 2010, Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness identified homeless veterans as the first subpopulation to be prioritized for action.
This prioritization was due, in part, to the unique benefits available to veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since then, veteran homelessness has declined 47 percent as the result of leadership, resources, and improved coordination informed by data.
To support cities in their efforts, NLC is a lead partner with federal agencies for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The Mayors Challenge is a network of 611 elected officials, including 521 mayors, 83 county and city officials, and seven governors who have made a permanent commitment to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring, beginning with veterans.
With the "silver tsunami" already impacting cities, millions of Americas in their fifties, sixties, and beyond are beginning to require home modifications to successfully age in the communities in which they live.
While this is true for the estimated one-third of all non-veterans in the county who are older than age 55, it is particularly true for veterans who are more than twice as likely to be 55 or older.
When compared to non-veterans, veterans are more than twice as likely to have some form of a disability.
Whether their disability is related to their military service or due to veterans being more likely to be older than non-veterans, appropriate modifications are central to veterans being able to live in their own home.
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