To Homeless Veterans,
Hope, Encouragement and Development is
Esperanza En Escalante
One of the more comprehensive programs for homeless veterans in Tucson Arizona, EEE provides both men and woman veterans with safe, secure transitional housing for up to two years.
Esperanza En Escalante offers to each veteran a wide array of supportive services that can help them find employment, schooling and permanent housing so that they will be able to lead productive, self-sufficient lives.
If you are a veteran or you know of a veteran that is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless, help them to connect with a local VA Center.
The VA has established a 24 hour toll free National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET or 877-424-3838 along with a connection through their website. Trained responders, many of them Veterans themselves, are available to provide support.
FACTS ABOUT HOMELESS VETERANS
250,000 veterans are homeless on any given night
10% of the homeless veterans are women
23% of the homeless population are veterans
25% have used homeless services
33% of the male homeless population is made up of veterans
46% are age 45 or older, compared to 20% of non-veteran homeless citizens
47% are veterans from the Vietnam Era
76% experience substance abuse, mental and physical health problems
85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veteran homeless
WHY ARE SO MANY OF OUR HONORED VETERANS BECOMING HOMELESS?
There is really no one answer. While disabilities, addiction, and mental illness are certainly factors concerning the homeless population in general, are they also causes for homelessness among our honored veterans?
Veterans experiencing homelessness have distinct characteristics that make it difficult to regain stability.
They are more likely to be unsheltered and to experience homelessness for longer periods of time than non-Veterans.
A large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.
THEY EARNED BETTER