In conjunction with several community programs, our staff and volunteers assist Veterans wherever they may be, and work to build relationships in an effort to link them with desperately-needed resources including housing, medical care, food, and clothing.
Why are there so many homeless veterans? Veterans returning from combat duty with PTSD, disabling physical injuries, and few if any marketable or transferrable skills, often can’t find or keep jobs. With no salary to support them, military families face a foreclosure rate four times the national average. Lack of support services and social isolation after discharge also contribute to homelessness.
It’s a vicious cycle. Joblessness leads to homelessness, which leads to hopelessness, substance abuse and/or depression, which limit the veteran’s ability to find a new job. The statistics are daunting:
Homelessness affects veterans of all wars. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is higher than the number of people who died during that war. A recent survey by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans found that nearly one in four homeless veterans has recently returned from combat in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Visions Outreach. brings hope to veterans and their families with its emergency, transitional and long-term supportive housing. The organization operates safe, drug- and alcohol-free facilities for veterans. This housing and related support services give veterans a stable base from which to find or hold a job, continue their physical or mental recovery and, ultimately, return to independent living.