According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at any given time there are 47,725 homeless Veterans with an additional 1.4 million at risk of becoming homeless.
In their 2015 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sites a 30% drop in Veteran homelessness since 2010, but only a 4% drop from 2014-2015.
Veteran homelessness is still a problem
This is unacceptable. Those who served to protect our freedom deserve more. We must end Veteran homelessness and, in return, restore dignity and security to the men and women who have served our country. It was with this in mind that Warrior Homesteads was created.
Our mission is to give homeless Veterans sustainable housing on farmable land. 97% of homeless Veterans are classified as “individuals”. They lack the support and resources that we take advantage of living within a community. Our houses will be developed into self-sustaining communities where Veterans can support Veterans.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness lists traumatic brain injury and PTSD among the most substantial risk factors for homelessness.
Many soldiers return home from war mentally and/or physically anguished, unprepared to fully re-enter society. A return to civilian life and its unending demands can seem insurmountable. Self-sustainability allows Veterans time to adjust without the pressure of everyday expenses. Our houses are passionately designed to be more than just a shelter from the elements. They are designed to be a home, a respite from the worries of living without.