Nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless every night of the year and of that population over half are African American or Hispanic, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Many more are under threat of homelessness due to a desperate lack of resources.
Joyce Evans was one of those veterans. Evans served her country from 2008 until 2014 with an honorable discharge. But difficult times pressed her. In need of financial assistance, she reached out to CBM National for support. Evans had been out of work for nearly a year when she reached out to the CBM National Homeless Veteran Reintegration Project.
Minorities are overrepresented in the veteran homeless population. Every day organizations like Concerned Black Men National work to ensure that veterans find jobs and housing. Evans attended the CBM National Veterans Resource and Hiring Fair in May 2014. She was hired by Allied Barton as Captain of Security at the International Monetary Fund Building in Washington, DC. Evans is just one of a host of veterans CBM
National has supported.
Letitia Carter was living in her truck when she reached out to CBM National’s CBM Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program. She like Evans served in Iraq with numerous commendations. Carter was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, The National Defense Services Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service medal among others. Despite her service and many medals, Carter found herself at the end of her resources. Black veterans like Carter and Evans are nearly twice as likely to be homeless as their white counterparts.
“Many come from poor, disadvantaged communities and nearly half suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.” Wayne Salter, HVRP/Parent and Family Services Director said, “They are an inextricable part of the fabric of our nation and they need resources and support to reintegrate into American life.”
The HVRP Program is a part of the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001 in which federal awards are given to local nonprofit and for profit entities to assist veterans in workforce development and housing support. The program, which is funded by the Department of Labor, is intended to put homeless veterans back on the path to self-sufficiency.