A new program has been launched to aid U.S. veterans with finding a home, as well as a job and taking an alarming number of veterans out of ‘homelessness system’.
The program was launched under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Its overarching goal is to provide case to case assistance for an approximate 50,000 veterans which are currently unemployed and sadly, living on the streets.
150 centers across the country have been involved in the major effort. Community employment coordinators will take the helms of of actions directed at U.S. veterans through Veteran Affairs locations across the U.S.
Those who are ready for a job, particularly the young veterans will be contacted by the community employment coordinators who will make sure that contact is established with employers within the veteran’s community to find certain employment.
Community employment coordinators have already been contracted at 120 medical centers. By 2016, it is expected that all Veteran Affairs Medical centers will have contracted their own specialized mediator.
This program is the latest in a series of constant efforts to reduce homelessness and joblessness among veterans. Since 2009, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have sworn to do their best to eradicate these issue that are plaguing the veteran community.
And they kept to their word. Since 2010, veteran homelessness was reduced with 33 percent. Salt Lake City and Phoenix have reported a total eradication of homelessness among veterans.
To bring other cities to achieve such commendable results, first lady Michelle Obama raised the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The U.S. first lady hopes that by the end of 2015 this challenge will gather sufficient boost to matter in the lives of U.S. veterans.
While simple at first glance, the program is pinpointed by far more complex mechanism that app up to a successful approach. Homeless U.S. veterans must have a roof above their heads, as generally any homeless person should.
Providing a home for the homeless veterans makes medical treatment a lot easier. Tackling mental health issues or addiction is far more effective when the previously homeless person has a roof above their head.
Economically, giving a home to homeless U.S. veterans is also a better option if nothing else. The Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority provided an analysis in 2009 which suggested that the costs of caring for a homeless person are considerably higher than the costs of housing and services, with a monthly average of 2,900 dollars compared to 605 dollars.
Providing a home for U.S. veterans is one step forward, yet designing comprehensive programs that may allow them to support themselves adds one more brick to the foundation.
This is why the new program overseen by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs aims to combine both aspects synergistically.
According to Dennis Culhane, director of Veteran Affairs National Center on Homelessness, a steady job goes a thousand miles for U.S. veterans. Not only does it provide constant income, yet is is indicative of a new sense of independence, improved community relations and most importantly, an improved sense of self-worth.
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