KEY ACTION ITEMS
Partnerships are being formed with Tacoma Avenue Veterans Shelter Program to add new beds in Pierce County. See extended analysis and action plan.
Partnership in progress with Catholic Community Services and the Lutheran Housing Alliance to add shelter beds for veterans in King County. See extended analysis and action plan.
Enhanced partnerships with the Housing Authorities of King and Pierce Counties.
Homeless veterans require emergency beds, usually in a shelter type situation for a variety of reasons:
- Weather - when the temperature drops below freezing making it unsafe to be on the streets
- Loss of job or housing when living paycheck to paycheck
- Domestic violence leading to leaving unsafe living situations
- Mental health or substance abuse issues
- Incarceration leaving them homeless upon release
- Health issues; many become homeless after a long hospitalization, or come home to eviction or foreclosure
- Returning from deployment, many veterans, particularly those in reserve units (citizen soldiers) return with no job or housing