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.
Source:  First two bullets:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “2014 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program, Homeless Populations and Subpopulations“;  Remaining bullets:  National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

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, “22014 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program, Homeless Populations and Subpopulations