Veterans


LEAVING NO SOLDIER BEHIND… More than 150,000 Veterans are homeless on any given night in the U.S. Nearly twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the year. Veterans with families are a growing segment of the homeless population - increasing 5% a year for the past 3 years. The number of homeless Vietnam-era Veterans is now greater than the number of service men and women that died during that war. 1 in 3 men living on the streets is a Veteran. 
In Chicago, approximately 1000 Veterans are homeless on any given night. Over 25% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are showing acute symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – a significant factor in the high rate of homelessness for Veterans.   Approximately 90% of homeless Veterans were honorably discharged from military service and more than 1/3 of them specifically served in a combat zone during their military service. Right now, the number of homeless Vietnam era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war. Already, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are appearing in the homeless population. 


Each year we help over 250 Veterans find real solutions to life’s challenges and create stability in a previously chaotic life.

Volunteers of America of Illinois brings real solutions to our Nation’s Veterans 

ADVOCACY 
VOA provided critical support to the Homes for Heroes Act of 2007 which passed Congress with a remarkable 412-9 vote. This act authorizes 20,000 rental assistance vouchers for Veterans annually. 

SERVICE AND SUPPORT 
We provide services to more than 250 Veterans each year through a comprehensive program specifically designed to move Veterans from homelessness to long-term stability and self-sufficiency. The program meets Veterans wherever they are in the healing process and provides the long-term, hands-on support they need to lift themselves up and reach their full potential. 

HOUSING  
We are building an 80-unit permanent, support housing program for homeless Veterans that will include a full continuum of on-site services and support for homeless Veterans and their families. Construction is currently underway for Hope Manor Apartments, located on the west side of Chicago where, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, there is a high concentration of homeless veterans in need of housing and supportive services. The project is located in the 27th Ward. 

For more information please contact Carlton Evans at 312-564-2302 or cevans@voail.org.