Updated statistics presented by Shaun Donovan, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, and Eric Shinseki, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary on Monday show a steady decline in the amount of homeless veterans in our nation in the past year.
This year’s count reports that veteran homelessness declined by 12 percent from 2010. In a conference call on Monday, Shinseki said that according to the present Point in Time count (PIT), 67, 495 veterans are homeless. This number is down from last year’s count of 76, 329. This reduction keeps the Obama administration on track for their idealistic goal of attempting to end homelessness among veterans by the year 2015.
Donovan said the PIT survey is given in over 3,000 cities and counties each year in January to ensure consistency.This year both homeless veterans living on the street and those in shelters were counted to improve the accuracy of their numbers.
The decline is a promising start but the job is only getting started for what HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the worst event since the economic downturn of The Great Depression in 1929.