Wednesday, November 07, 2007

In Florida, 1 out of 3 homeless are veterans

One of every four homeless people in the United States is a veteran, says a report to be released tomorrow.

Veterans make up 11% of the adult civilian population nationally. As a group, they're likely to be better educated and employed than the general population. But about 200,000 veterans will be homeless tonight.

In Florida, one of every three homeless people is a veteran. Florida has the second highest number of homeless veterans -- nearly 20,000.* Only California has more.

Homelessness is not a problem among just middle-age and elderly veterans. Younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are trickling into shelters -- and some advocates say that doesn't bode well for the future. It took roughly a decade for the lives of Vietnam veterans to unravel to the point that they started showing up among the homeless.

The report, from the Alliance to End Homelessness, bases its findings on numbers from the Veterans Affairs Department and the Census Bureau.

Read the Associated Press report here.
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* The state's Office on Homelessness estimates that 60,168 men, women, and children are homeless on any given day in Florida.

8 Comments:

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous melvin said...

why is this happening to the veterans?

 
At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please helpme as I am a woman veteran. I am not a stupid woman but am guliible and feel lose of control of my life at this time. My last son moved out of our tampa aprt and so I had to move to a one bedroom and I had lived there in the two for 9 years. I decided to move to the clermont area in lake county fl and i went to rent an apartment at Luna Dulce but I swear I got tricked and lied to and cheated. I signed the lease, paid and when the power came on the place was not habitable. I think that because I am in poverty It was exspected that I would say nothing and just be quiet but I couldn't it would have caused me to become depressed and my new section 8 assistance with lake county fl from hillsbourough fl wouldn't have been avilable as this place was a dive and would not pass the sec 8 inspection. I ended up losing over 700.00 dollars and couldn't get the new housing agency to reply to my emails and phone calls but then i was without a place to live and moved in with a man i knew for a short time and well you know he wasn't as nice as he was in the beginning but i had already scheduled my son to visit paid for the flight earlier in Feb of 2008. I was and am under a lot of stress. I have lost all my furniture, my son is still here so I have to act not stressed so not to concern him about his mother and my BF?? is that what he is, was? he is controlling and is not physically abusive but abusive and if you speak with him you will think he is the kindest, nicest man. well he was in the begginning and is still to everyone outside his home and i need to leave here. It hasn't been a month yet since i lost the one bedroom apartment and i need to get the lake county karen davis to transfer my records back to the hillsbourough county in tampa so i can have a place to live right after my son leaves on july 31. This man is not going to give me trouble i think as long as i still treat him special and do not say negative things about him. I drank some whiskey last night and made a crisis call. I just needed soemone to talk too as I felt loss of control of my life. Not want to die though but had that thought during the stress of the luna apart, the housing problem and my BF? is that what he was? I think I may be able to contact the housing in lake county or the womens homelss sheltwer for help in tampa.. but i don't know why lately i only have the courage to cry out for help if in a silent way likethis and or if i become intoxicated and i don't drink. i don't have family to help and i am on my own i did serve 6 years honorable but i can only say as a verteran that when i went in when i was almost 19 and really really really like this military world and then married a military man for another 14 years then was a single mother to two military dep chilren for another 9 years now it is suppose to be about me and my life and i can say for me the civilian world is diff and i am still adjusting and i was a controlled and verbally mentally emotional abused wife so i was sort of hidden away for a lot of the time and just don't have the energy to try to get my sec 8 transfered and low on stamina to move on but i will if you think you can or will assist me with this please please please do. sometimes the simpliest things become to scarey or too hard. i wish to god i had a mom.... i am a good person and still attaractive. i don't want to focus on not havingany furniture anymore i dos till have boxes of stuff i just need my own safety net one room roof over my head that no one can take from me..

d_pltr@yahoo.com

 
At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very dissapointed and at this time my eyes are swollen from crying last night but I have to try to be very cool as they say so that i can keep this roof over my head with this man until my son leaves july 31 and then i can try to move near the tampa james a haley hospital as i would be near my health care facility and near other veterans supports systems that maybe i could get involved in. i just need someone to please use a lil energy on me in the day. If i get ont he phone and say anthing negative he may tell me get out now but one more month i will received 500.00 more int he mail and have my security deposit and first months rent i hope. i just need soemone to help me to get the lake county to connect with women va and my counselor doctor at the womens center in tampa. one of my doctors is dr dana glenn she is primary and then we have counselors like dr kegeris and another mary castileano.. ther eis alos a person name lydia tell her it's dorothy who gave her the4 baby gift of the angel ornament. she will know please. thank you... please? (P__ __ 42 TELL HER p then BLANK BLANK 42.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,UPDATE I am "anonymous" a Veteran and I am on my way to finding a place to live! I'm not even going to read what it is I wrote just after what "melvin said" as I want to move forward. It is good to reach out to the entities that are there to help get us back on track.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,UPDATE I am "anonymous" a Veteran and I am on my way to finding a place to live! I'm not even going to read what it is I wrote just after what "melvin said" as I want to move forward. It is good to reach out to the entities that are there to help get us back on track.

 
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