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Homelessness Drops By Nearly 50 Percent Among Veterans

People stand around the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter.
People stand around the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

The number of homeless veterans in the city of Atlanta has dropped by nearly half. That’s according to U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald. He’s in Atlanta this week for a conference.

McDonald spoke about federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data show a year ago there were almost 1,000 veterans living on Atlanta’s streets. This year, the number dropped to nearly 500. McDonald credits partnerships between the VA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and local agencies.

“There’s tremendous work being done in Atlanta to eliminate veteran homelessness. President Obama has made the ending of veteran homelessness a national priority, as you all know, and it’s incredibly important work.”

McDonald noted the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency, which works with veterans to find employment and housing.

He also says the Atlanta area has made strides in cutting a backlog of disability claims from veterans.