The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs currently estimates that 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively speaking, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. While approximately 40% of homeless men are veterans, veterans comprise only 34% of the general adult male population according to 2009 research by the National Coalition for Homeless. Although, 97% of homeless veterans are male, the number of female homeless veterans is increasing (Homeless Women Veterans: Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing, December 2011, GAO-12-182). According to HUD’s latest estimates there are 636,000 homeless people in the U.S., and more than 67,000 of them – 14% of homeless adults – are military veterans.
Join us for “STAND DOWN: Combating Barriers to Fair Housing for Veterans” AN ONLINE Forum and Conference on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 2-4pm ET
HUD’s New England Region Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity invites you to join us for a dynamic dialogue and learning opportunity between experts, advocates, service providers, HUD partners, HUD staff, veterans and their family members who use HUD resources to elucidate the issues of housing discrimination that contribute to the persistent crisis of homeless veterans. The broadcast will include a discussion, questions and answers, and call-ins from across the country. No travel required. The broadcast can be accessed from any browser internet connection, podcasting software, or phone connection, land and smartdevice. Thousands of listeners will be able to listen and call in to tap into our panel and HUD contributors.
The session will provide advocates, advocate service providers, and non-profit organizations that administer HUD housing resources, and homeless veteran clientele who seek housing opportunities to engage in a critical examination of the systemic ways in which discrimination acts as a barrier to equal housing opportunities. The forum will explore ways in which HUD recipients, HUD partners and HUD staff, and housing advocates can more effectively eliminate barriers, as well as, share and discuss best practices that currently exist.
For more information, contact Bonnie Peak-Graham, FHEO Boston by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-994-8312