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VA Secretary Shinseki: Fewer Veterans Homeless

Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 04:01 PM

The number of homeless veterans is declining despite the poor economy. Between January 2010 and January 2011, the number of homeless vets dropped 12 percent, The Washington Post reported.

According to figures compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 67,495 veterans were homeless in January 2011 compared with 76,329 in 2010.

“Our progress in the fight against homelessness has been significant, but our work is not complete until no veteran has to sleep on the street,” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said according to the Post.

The numbers are arrived at by teams surveying shelters, parks and other locations on a single night. Of the homeless veterans found in 2011, 59 percent were in shelters. The rest were found to be living on the street, in parks, abandoned buildings, and vehicles, the Post reported.

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