Veteran Housing and Homeless Prevention
California is home to nearly 2 million veterans, of which, it is estimated that roughly 19,000 are homeless. Through resilient outreach, state-wide collaboratives, strong partnerships, advocacy, and services for all California veterans, CalVet has established an aggressive and proactive leadership role in the fight to end homelessness. CalVet will significantly decrease, end, and prevent future chronic homelessness among the veteran population by 2015; aligning ourselves with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ plan to end homelessness.
Homeless Veterans Outreach & Awareness
The tragedy of homelessness among veterans persists, even when the economy is robust and unemployment is low. According to recent studies, unlike their Vietnam counterparts, whose circumstances caused them to fall into homelessness within 13 years, OIF/OEF Veterans find themselves in a downward spiral towards homelessness within 3 years. CalVet recognizes the need for outreach programs and information awareness to returning veterans, especially Reserve and National Guard service members, and is working in conjunction with various State and local agencies throughout California to assist veterans’ transition from active duty status.
To find out about housing assistance programs available in your area or for a statewide directory of California homeless service organizations, visit our Resources page or call
(800) 952-5626 , (800) 324-5966 (TDD), or
(800) 221-8998 (Outside California).