Increased rates of homelessness
California has had a large increase of veterans who are not only homeless but are also unsheltered. Homelessness in itself is associated with multiple threats to physical and mental health, but unsheltered settings, including streets, parks, abandoned buildings, riverbeds, freeway underpasses, etc. that are “unfit for habitation”, constitute even graver threats. This increasing number is unacceptable and will be a priority action for CAVSA in 2019. Also, of increasing concern is the fact that women veterans across the U.S. constitute a growing number of the homeless veteran population. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the rate of female veteran homelessness is at least three times greater than their non-veteran civilian peers. CAVSA prioritizes programming for veterans to help reverse this trend.
We operate over 2,500 units of stabilization, transitional and permanent housing