Military Veterans are the heart and soul of our Nation.  These brave men and women secure the American way of life for all of us, and our families. Unfortunately, we still have over 62,000 homeless Veterans living on America’s streets.

Fact Sheet: Veteran population, Veteran population trends, and Homeless Veteran


The overall Veteran population in the United States currently stands at approximately 22 Million.  Although CA, PA, FL, TX have the largest proportion of these Veterans the number of Veterans residing in Virginia is quickly growing.  Interestingly, Virginia leads the Nation with the highest growth rate in the Veteran population under 25 years old.  This is an important age group because the unemployment rate for post 9/11 Veterans stands at 10.8%, significantly higher than the national average of 7.8%.  Due to the economic conditions over the past couple of years, the 2012 point in time analysis saw a rise in the homeless family population.  Additionally, the vast majority of the homeless persons across the nine Washington metropolitan areas that were analyzed came from Washington D.C.

1.  As of November 2012 (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics) http://www.va.gov/VETDATA/docs/Quickfacts/Fall_12_Sharepoint.pdf

  1. Projected U.S. Veteran Population—22,328,000
  2. Female—2,240,000 (10%)
  3. Veterans over 65 or older—42.1%

2.  As of Oct 2012 (Statistics from “Veteran Population Model 2011 (VetPop2011)” http://www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp

  1. Virginia—837,051 (M-84%, F-16%)
  2. DC—31,839 (M-87%, F-13)
  3. Maryland—450,401 (M- 86%, F-14%)

FY 2012 Veteran Population State by State view insights


  1. Total Veteran population decreased by 16.5% between 2000 to 2012
  2. Highest veteran population by state remains: CA, FL, TX, PA
  3. Virginia is 1/8 states that falls into the 2d highest Veteran population category (650,000-950,000)
  4. Virginia is the only state in the United States that had a 6-7% increase in its Veteran population
  5. Maryland and DC experienced a 11-20% decrease in its overall Veteran population
  6. Virginia is also 1/5 states that had a 1.6-1.9% increase in the number of veterans that are under 25 years old (The US average is .9%)
  7. Ironically, Virginia has the lowest percentage of Veterans that are 65 years old and older

4.   As of 7 January 2012 (Veteran unemployment rate) http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/8504/veteran-unemployment-still-below-national-average-post-911-annual-rate-falls-to-9-9/

  1. The unemployment rate for all Veterans is 7% (still below the national average of 7.8%)
  2. For post-9/11 veterans the unemployment rate is 10.8%, a significant drop from the 2011 average of 12.1%
  3. Since Jan 2010 the unemployment has slowly trended downward for all Veterans

5.   According to the 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress there were 62,619 homeless Veterans on a single night in January (a 7.2% decrease from 2011 and a 17.2% decrease since 2009).


6.  2012 Homeless in Metropolitan Washington (May 2012)

  1. Across nine jurisdictions in  the Washington metropolitan area, 11,830 homeless people were counted
  2. The majority (59%) were found in Washington D.C.
  3. From 2008-2012:
    1. Total number of homeless people increased by 1%
    2. Total number of homeless single adults declined by 13%
    3. Total number of homeless families increased by 23%
    4. The subpopulation of veterans that were counted were 710 single adults and 28 persons in families


7. More specific information as to the number of homeless Veterans In the Metro DC area in item D below: 2012 Point-in-time estimates of Homelessness   https://www.onecpd.info/resources/documents/2012AHAR_PITestimates.pdf

A.    In January 2012, 633,782 people were homeless on a single night in the United States
B.    Five states accounted for nearly half of the nation’s total homeless population in 2012:
1.    California (20.7%)
2.    New York (11%)
3.    Florida (8.7%)
4.    Texas (5.4%)
5.    Georgia (3.2%)
C.    62,619/633,782 of these homeless individuals were Veterans (~13%)
D.    Virginia-Maryland-DC account for more than 3.2% of the nation’s homeless veteran population
1.    Virginia: 881
2.    Maryland:  617
3.    Washington D.C.:  531
Total==2029 homeless Veterans

What can you do to help end homelessness among Veterans?

Determine the need in your community. Visit with homeless Veteran providers.

Contact your mayor’s office for a list of providers, or search the NCHV database.

Involve others. If you are not already part of an organization, align yourself with a few other people who are interested in attacking this issue.

Participate in local homeless coalitions. Chances are, there is one in your community. If not, this could be the time to bring people together around this critical need.

Contact your elected officials. Discuss what is being done in your community for homeless Veterans.

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