Harvest House offers VETS (Veterans Empowered through Transitional Services) program to adult male veterans who have struggled with emotional trauma and substance abuse after their service causing them to experience homelessness. Housing & treatment is provided to our veterans at no cost.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is unable to care for almost a million veterans who have been waiting hundreds of days for help, often to no avail.
- Between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year.
- On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S.
- Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are veterans.
- Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
- Veterans represent 11% of the adult civilian population, but 26% of the homeless population, according to the Homeless Research Institute (2007).
- Veterans are more at risk of becoming homeless than non-veterans
- The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female, is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war.
- Primary causes of homelessness among veterans are:
1. Lack of income due to limited education and lack of transferable skills from military to civilian life (especially true of younger veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan)
2. Combat-related physical health issues and disabilities
3. Combat-related mental health issues and disabilities
4. Substance abuse problems that interfere with job retention
5. Weak social networks due to problems adjusting to civilian life
6. Lack of services.
Since 2010, Harvest House has seen great success with veterans moving into permanent housing.
For veterans in need of this program, please click here to download the VETS application.