Coronavirus complicates efforts to help homeless veterans

Coronavirus complicates efforts to help homeless veterans

From Revti Patel

Housing advocates aren’t wondering whether the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will lead to an increase in homeless veterans, but instead how big the increase will be. “There’s major anxiety already, because of what we’re

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Housing advocates aren’t wondering whether the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will lead to an increase in homeless veterans, but instead how big the increase will be.

“There’s major anxiety already, because of what we’re seeing in communities,” said Kathryn Monet, CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. "We’re seeing increases in unemployment, eviction moratoriums not being honored.

“The worry is that it took nearly a decade to see a 50-percent decrease in homelessness. To see that all potentially evaporate in a year is concerning.”

In past years, the annual NCHV conference has brought hundreds of community leaders and housing activists to Washington, D.C. to discuss progress and challenges in the effort to get at-risk veterans in stable, safe homes. Often, federal officials also give a preview of the annual national estimates of veterans currently on the streets.

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