“The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies.”
Demographic Characteristics Showed:
* Men accounted for nine in ten veterans experiencing homelessness (91% or 34,412 veterans). A slightly higher share of unsheltered veterans were women (10%) than of sheltered veterans (8%).
* A higher percentage of veterans experiencing homelessness were white (58%) compared to all people experiencing homelessness (49%) and a somewhat higher percentage of veterans were white compared to people in households without children (54%). The share of unsheltered veterans who were white (61%) was similar to the shares of all people and individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness (both at 59%).
* African Americans comprised one-third of veterans experiencing homelessness but less than one-quarter of veterans experiencing unsheltered homelessness (24%). While African Americans comprise a smaller share of veterans experiencing homelessness than of all people experiencing homelessness, they are overrepresented as compared to their share of all U.S. veterans (12%).
* Veterans experiencing homelessness were half as likely to identify as Hispanic or Latino as all people experiencing homelessness (11% compared to 22%), but were overrepresented compared to the percentage of all U.S. veterans who were Hispanic (7%). Hispanics make up a larger share of unsheltered homeless veterans, 15 percent.
Source: National PIT Estimates-Homeless Veterans by Sheltered Status 2009-2018
(“On a Single Night in January 2018”) The U.S. Department of Urban Development