1:17 pm, Dec. 28, 2010:
As I mentioned, HELP USA works directly with the VA among others to address the problem of homeless veterans across the United States.
At the end of the day, whether the latest, most accurate number is 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 or 1 in 3, our position is that no veterans should be homeless. The widely accepted number of 131,000 currently is far too high in our opinion. I would trust that whatever the most accurate number is, that the conclusion of your fact finding mission will be that lots of veterans are homeless and that we should do something address the issue.
Counting of homeless numbers is not a precise science as is well documented academically and among the institutions that coordinated the counting. Our typical sources for numbers are HUD, the VA, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and our own facilities. These sources report around 131,000 homeless veterans presently. Given that many veterans do not report themselves as veterans or even seek services or shelters, we have not revised our one in three number for homeless men. In response to this article we will add links to sources for homeless numbers. Currently our focus at HELP USA is on building new permanent supportive housing for veterans in Brooklyn and in Philadelphia as part of the solution to preventing and ending homeless among veterans.
New York, NY 10004
From: Gardner Selby
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 12:14 PM
To: Lawrence Cann
Subject: Reporter In Texas
Here is the story where we saw the 1 in 3 figure:
The URL of your web page:
Our site address is below.
Hope to hear from you soon.
W. Gardner Selby