Helping Homeless Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says as many as a third of the nation’s homeless people are veterans. The issue has gained such prominence recently that the VA secretary has pledged to end homelessness among veterans within five years -- and he’s planning to spend billions to do it. But how bad is the problem in the Bay area? We’ll take a look at that and the help that’s out there for veterans on the streets.
Sara Romeo says children are also a factor for some of the women she serves and talks about a new program Tampa Crossroads is working on to provide housing for female homeless veterans and their children. (1:35)
Regina Anderson says there's not resistance among the homeless to finding resources -- it's often quite the opposite -- but that there are issues of pride and shame that come into play. (1:18)
Vicky Lyons explains it was her sister who found out about the Athena program and urged her to seek help there. Regina Anderson says she's been part of the program since the very beginning. (1:38)
Sara Romeo outlines the services Athena House offers to homeless veterans who are women -- from clothes and shelter to transportation to the VA and benefits assistance. (3:08)
John Carland says there are probably enough organizations providing services for homeless veterans. He hopes that his organization can connect with veterans and help them access the resources that already exist. (1:21)
John Carland explains how the St. Jude's Homeless Veterans Resource Center got started a few months ago and why he cares about this issue. (3:21)
Pete Dougherty and David Ramga outline the VA’s new approach to helping homeless veterans. (3:51)
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