Impact of community investment in safety net services on rates of unsheltered homelessness among veterans

Academic Article


  • Unsheltered homelessness among veterans has declined rapidly since 2009; however, more than one-third of veterans experiencing homelessness stayed in places not meant for human habitation during 2014. Research has identified a negative relationship between federal spending on the social safety net and communitylevel rates of homelessness, but not specifically for veterans. The present study assessed whether investment in veteran-specific safety net resources predicted changes in the rate of unsheltered veteran homelessness. Increases in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care expenditures were significantly associated with a decline in unsheltered veteran homelessness, perhaps explained by additional VA resources aimed at identifying and housing these veterans.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Montgomery AE; Fargo JD; Byrne TH
  • Start Page

  • 23
  • End Page

  • 36
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 4