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November 12, 2019
VETERAN HOMELESSNESS IN NEW MEXICO DECLINES 11.4 PERCENT IN 2019
Since 2010, decline in veteran homelessness in New Mexico is 41.7 percent
ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced that veteran homelessness in the U.S. continued to decline in 2019. According to HUDâ€™s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S. 2019 decreased 2.1 percent, with 793 more veterans now having a roof over their heads.
In New Mexico, veteran homelessness declined by 11.4 percent in 2019, with an overall decline of 41.7 percent since 2010. For information on New Mexico cities/Balance of State click here: View local estimates of veteran homelessness
â€śOur nationâ€™s veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and now itâ€™s our duty to make certain they have a home to call their own,â€ť said Secretary Carson. â€śWeâ€™ve made great progress in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure our heroes have access to affordable housing.â€ť
Each year, thousands of local communities around the country conduct one-night â€śPoint-in-Timeâ€ť estimates of the number of persons experiencing homelessnessâ€”in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered locations.
HUD estimates among the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in New Mexico in 2019, 119 veterans were found in sheltered settings while volunteers counted 138 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation, for a total of 257.
These declines, both nationally and in New Mexico, are the result of intense planning and targeted interventions, including the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both agencies jointly administer the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines permanent HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.
HUD-VASH is complemented by a continuum of VA programs that use modern tools and technology to identify the most vulnerable Veterans and rapidly connect them to the appropriate interventions to become and remain stably housed. This year to date, more than 11,000 veterans, many experiencing chronic forms of homelessness, found permanent housing and critically needed support services through the HUD-VASH program.
To date, 78 local communities and three states have declared an effective end to veteran homelessness, creating systems to ensure that a veteranâ€™s homelessness is rare, brief, and a one-time encounter. Read more.
HUD and VA have a wide range of programs that prevent and end homelessness among veterans, including health care, housing solutions, job training and education. More information about VAâ€™s homeless programs is available at VA.gov/homeless. More information about HUDâ€™s program is available here. Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless should contact their local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to a homeless coordinator or call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET.