Finally some good news! The Associated Press reported today that the rate of homelessness among veterans in Massachusetts has dropped 21 percent over the past year. The decline in Massachusetts was nearly double the 12% drop nationwide. The 2011 supplement of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that 67,495 Veterans were homeless in the United States on a single night in January 2011 — a significant reduction from last year’s single night count of 76,329.
Department of Veterans Services Secretary Coleman Nee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say the success stems in part from innovating programs, a committed network of service providers and Massachusetts’s strong benefits system for veterans.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray leads the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services and the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. He says the administration will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to help people move to affordable and stable housing.