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  • Police Partner With Veterans Resource Center To Help Homeless Vets

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    SANTA CRUZ, CA — More homeless veterans sleep outside in Santa Cruz County than almost anywhere else in the country, a major issue that Santa Cruz police are working to address by partnering with the Veterans Resource Center. Police announced the new pilot project this morning, saying that the program intends to keep homeless veterans out of jail by diverting them to services and shelters.

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  • Madison Making Progress in Housing Veterans

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    Madison has reached one goal in reducing veteran homelessness. But it still faces challenges. More than a year ago, city officials and the Madison Veterans Affairs hospital set a goal of finding shelter — either permanent housing or transitional housing, where a vet can stay for up to two years — for 130 veterans by the end of 2016.

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  • Shreveport's effort to end veterans' homelessness recognized

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    Shreveport was recognized by the several federal agencies for making significant progress toward ending veteran homelessness.

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Veterans Affairs recognized the City of Shreveport for its efforts to effectively end homelessness among veterans.

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  • More than 1,200 homeless veterans living on Los Angeles streets still need housing

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    More than 1,200 veterans are living on Los Angeles streets, thwarting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s repeated pledges to end the city’s soaring rates of veteran homelessness, officials said Thursday.

    Faced with the highest number of homeless veterans of any city in the nation, Garcetti had promised to find housing for every homeless resident who served in the military, first by the end of 2015 and then by last summer.

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  • As Obama Leaves Office, Goal on Homeless Veterans Goes Unmet

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    Pledges by President Barack Obama and a national nonprofit organization to end homelessness among veterans did not meet their goal, but advocates see bright spots and remain encouraged that the issue is prominent on the radar.

    Homelessness among veterans has been effectively ended in two states, Virginia and Connecticut, and in 31 communities, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But many veterans still sleep on the streets elsewhere in the country.

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  • White House: Portland has ended veteran homelessness

    Type of content: News

    Mayor Charlie Hales and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury announced Saturday that efforts to end homelessness among veterans in Portland have been successful.

    Michelle Obama had challenged cities to reach the point where more veterans were being housed than were becoming homeless and for no homeless veteran to stay that way for 90 days. The federal government provided financial assistance to meet that goal of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

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  • Colorado shows nation’s largest spike in the number of homeless veterans

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    Alfred Zabawa joined hundreds of military veterans streaming into Colorado last year for legal pot or to find a job in a state with a thriving economy, only to find themselves living on the streets and contributing to the highest rise in the number of homeless veterans in the nation.

    Zabawa, 61, arrived in Colorado an able-bodied man. On Friday, he pulled up his pajama bottoms to reveal an aluminum prosthetic leg as he sat in a wheelchair waiting in line for free groceries in a parking lot outside Denver’s VA Hospital.

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  • Past deadline, feds see no end in sight for veteran homeless crisis

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    Federal agencies now say they cannot predict the end of homelessness among veterans, a national crisis that President Barack Obama hoped to stop by 2015.

    Six years after Obama set his goal, he announced Aug. 1 that veteran homelessness in the country had decreased 47 percent since 2010.

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  • Report Reveals Central Need for Legal Assistance among Veterans

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    In a commentary article from the Washington Post’s PostEverything section, authors Martha Bergmark and Ellen Lawton reflect on a new survey by the Veterans Administration which shows that lack of legal assistance is one of the top concerns of veterans and the people who work with veterans.

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  • Sexual assault in military tied to veterans' homelessness

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    New research finds that troops who are sexually assaulted are at higher risk for homelessness, with males in greater jeopardy than females.

    A study published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, mirrors earlier research on the association between military sexual assault and suicide: A study published last year indicated that suicidal thoughts and behavior are more prevalent in males who were sexually assaulted while on active duty than females.

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