Recently you may have noticed many neighborhoods being dotted with abandoned houses stuck in foreclosure. The so-called “zombie” properties are often uninhabitable because they’ve fallen into disrepair, and owners are unwilling to invest in fixing them up because, with the mortgage unpaid, the bank can always come back and foreclose again. The vacant homes often attract drug dealers and squatters and bring down the value of surrounding properties.
Who Needs These Homes
- 12% of the homeless adult population are veterans
- 20% of the male homeless population are veterans
- 68% reside in principal cities
- 32% reside in suburban/rural areas
- 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities
- 50% have serious mental illness
- 70% have substance abuse problems
- 51% are white males, compared to 38% of non-veterans
Resource: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Women veterans are four times more likely than their male counterparts to wind up homeless.
Teens and Young Adults
For every year that passes, more than 2 million kids in America will face a period of homelessness.
By the age of 26, over one-third of the youth who age out of foster care will experience homelessness.
Every day it is estimated that at least 13 children die on our nation’s streets.
Resource: Covenant House