Fact Sheet

Quick Facts

  • Nationally, an estimated 49,933 Veterans were homeless in January 2014.
  • There were almost 1,700 homeless Veterans in Virginia, Maryland, and DC in January 2014.
  • 92% of homeless Veterans are male; 8% are female.
  • The number of homeless Veterans declined 33% between 2010 and 2014.
  • Nearly half of homeless Veterans are located in major cities and nearly 40% are located in smaller cities and counties; the remaining 13% are located in less urban and rural areas.
  • Approximately 40% of homeless Veterans are African American or Hispanic – a disproportionately high percentage compared to all Veterans.
  • About one-half of homeless Veterans served during the Vietnam period.
  • Roughly 1.4 million other Veterans are considered to be at risk of becoming homeless due to poverty, lack of support networks, and poor living conditions.

Estimates of Homeless Veterans by State (2014)

Sheltered Unsheltered Total
Virginia 535 85 620
Maryland 555 99 654
D.C. 375 31 406
Total V/M/DC 1,623 268 1,680
Total U.S. 32,048 17,885 49,933
Source:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “2014 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program, Homeless Populations and Subpopulations