African American Homeless Veterans


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Presentation by M William Sermons at National Coalition for Homless Veterans 2010 Annual Conference on homelessness among African American veterans.

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  • (woah...!) I wasn’t aware of these statistics. Why are the statistics disproportionate with African American veterans?

    Do the veterans need increased knowledge about programs available to help homeless veterans?

    Do these ‘programs’ even exist?

    Or are the veterans on their own with no social safety net?

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African American Homeless Veterans

  1. Data on Homelessness Among African-American Veterans Presented by: M William Sermons, Director Homelessness Research Institute Presented at: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans 2010 Annual Conference June 23, 2010
  2. Findings from Vital Mission (2007) <ul><li>Veterans better educated, more likely to be employed and lower poverty rate than general population. </li></ul><ul><li>Veterans make up a disproportionate share of homeless people (26% of homeless vs. 11% of population 18+) </li></ul>
  3. Findings from 2008 Data/Policy Update (2009) Persons served by race/ethnicity. Gen Vets African-American 42% 45% White 38% 46% Other 20% 8%
  4. Quote from 5 th Annual AHAR (June 2010) <ul><li>“ When compared to their counterparts nationwide, homeless people are much more likely to be adult males , African Americans , non-elderly, alone, veterans and disabled .” </li></ul><ul><li>~ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development </li></ul>
  5. Veteran status as protective factor for all veterans Alliance analysis of 2008 American Community Survey, Census Bureau General Population Veterans Male 49% 93% Poverty 15% 8% Home Owner 67% 78% Unemployed >3% <3% Severe Cost Burden 14% 9% Doubled Up 2% <1%
  6. Including African American veterans Alliance analysis of 2008 American Community Survey, Census Bureau Black Non-Veterans Black Veterans Male 43% 88% Poverty 26% 14% Home Owner 47% 61% Unemployed 8% 5% Severe Cost Burden 19% 13% Doubled Up 3% 1%
  7. But, There are racial disparities among veterans Alliance analysis of 2008 American Community Survey, Census Bureau Veterans Black Veterans Male 93% 88% Poverty 8% 14% Home Owner 78% 61% Unemployed 3% 5% Severe Cost Burden 9% 13% Doubled Up <1% 1%
  8. Summary <ul><li>Veteran status is a protective factor against most economic hardship, including risk factors for homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Protective factor appears to extend to African American veterans. </li></ul><ul><li>Veterans experience a higher rate of homelessness than non-veterans. </li></ul><ul><li>African American veterans are overrepresented among homeless veterans. </li></ul>
  9. Implications <ul><li>African American veterans face multiple risk factors for homelessness, which should be factored into policy and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Only one of these risk factors (veteran status) is explicitly addressed in Opening Doors . </li></ul><ul><li>Better understanding of African American veteran homeless population is needed to effectively end homelessness. </li></ul>