Study: Homeless Vets are Younger


A new study, while indicating a slight decline in veterans using shelters, says younger vets are more than twice as likely to be homeless as non-veterans in the same age group. About 13,000 of the nation's homeless in 2010 were ex-service members between ages 18 and 30, according to the study.

A joint product of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the report unveiled a number of critical fidings including the fact that homeless vets are most likely to be middle-aged white men with a disability.

According to the study, the number of veterans who used emergency shelters or transitional housing for the homeless in 2010 dropped 3 percent from the year before, but the report also found that veterans continue to be overrepresented in the nation's homeless population, accounting for 13 percent of all homeless adults in shelters, even though they are just over 9 percent of the total adult population.