While studies show strides are being made to curtail chronic homelessness for most demographic groups, it is still a significant problem for veterans.
And homelessness is not just a problem among elderly veterans. Officials with the Alliance to End Homelessness say younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are now showing up in homeless shelters.
That’s why it is good news to hear the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Johnson City Housing Authority 25 new Section 8 housing vouchers for homeless veterans and veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Homelessness is a problem that requires a systematic approach to solve, particularly in regard to the needs of veterans. Mental illness and substance abuse long have been seen as major causes of homelessness. While those are certainly factors, they are not the only reasons veterans are left homeless.
Equal attention must be given to providing affordable housing for veterans who are just one or two lost paychecks away from being homeless.
As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported in Wednesday’s paper, information about the new Section 8 housing vouchers and an Oct. 20 homeless summit hosted by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home may be obtained by calling the homeless programs’ office at 979-2871, or toll free at 877-573-3529.