Housing is one of the most challenging expenses that veterans returning from active-duty (and their families) pay. A recent research report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition has identified that the affordability of the average one-bedroom apartment in the United States requires a minimum hourly wage of $17.14 per hour. The affordability of an average two-bedroom apartment requires an hourly wage of $21.21 per hour.
Total number of veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019
Veterans living in places not fit for human habitation
This year to date, more than 11,000 veterans, many experiencing chronic forms of homelessness
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Is often a result of several converging factors, for example, Washtenaw County’s rising housing costs and lack of affordable housing – paired with a lack of housing supports (e.g., vouchers, rental assistance) drives a significant share of instances of homelessness in the community.