For any community to truly make a meaningful dent in reducing the homeless population, we have to first recognize that much of what is presented to the public is not accurate.
Article after article. Social media post after another trumpets “success” of one location or another that “ended veteran homelessness” or “we’ve reached functional zero” or “we reduced chronic homelessness by X %”.
Once you get past the headlines and actually use quantifiable data, you discover everything is not as it seems. CAN! has repeatedly pushed for our local elected leadership to take a hard look at the data and make policy decisions that reflect what’s there, rather than react to pressure from the local homeless industrial complex and misguided activists.
According to the National Homeless Information Project, “Over 6,000 homeless veterans counted in communities that ‘Ended Veterans Homelessness.’ ”
“The NHIP continues to advocate for the elimination of the label of “Ending Veteran Homelessness” since it is a false notion that is contradicted by the data and represent a slap in the face to any veteran who may be experiencing homelessness in these communities.”
Here is a list of 80 communities that have been designated by HUD and promoted by the USICH as having ended homelessness show a total of 6,029 homeless veterans including 1,492 unsheltered veterans found in 64 communities.
2019 PIT homeless veteran counts
You’ll read time and again in poorly researched articles about “successes” where the writer never bothers to actually double check the veracity of what’s being claimed.
We cannot make meaningful progress without recognizing that what we’re doing does not work and the data used by those that hold the purse strings is not accurate, poorly understood, or obfuscated for their own benefit.