Housing assistance for veterans includes programs by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the VA Supportive Housing Program, according to the U.S, Department of Veterans Affairs. Both federal programs provide a housing subsidy that is paid directly to the landlord. The veteran is responsible for the remainder of the rent after the subsidy is paid. The VA appoints a case manager to assist the veteran in finding and maintaining permanent housing options.
It is estimated that one-quarter of all homeless adults in the United States have served in the armed forces, according to Military.com. Approximately half of homeless veterans suffer from drug and alcohol abuse or psychiatric disorders.
The Department of Veterans Affairs works with other government agencies to address the problem of rehabilitation and homelessness. It has awarded over 400 grants to nonprofit and public organizations in all 50 states to address and assist veterans in finding transitional housing and other services. They include clinical assessment and treatment as well as transportation. The VA conducts aggressive outreach throughout the United States, contacting veterans in shelters and on the street who would ordinarily not seek assistance, notes Military.com. It has administered health care services to over 100,000 homeless veterans and housing compensation to more than 40,000 veterans.