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    VA Surpasses Goal for Housing Homeless Vets in 2022

    VA Surpasses Goal for Housing Homeless Vets in 2022

    The Department of Veterans Affairs found housing for 40,401 homeless veterans last year, surpassing its goal of 38,000 for 2022.

    The department has not yet set a benchmark for how many veterans it will find homes for in 2023, officials told reporters in a briefing Wednesday. But it is taking a victory lap on exceeding its 2022 goal and expressing confidence that it is making progress in the fight against veteran homelessness.

    “There are thousands of formerly homeless veterans who are going to sleep tonight in good, safe, stable homes — and there's nothing more important than that,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement. “This is great progress, but it's just the beginning: We at VA will not rest until the phrase ‘homeless veteran' is a thing of the past.”

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    McDonough announced last year's 38,000 goal in February as he visited the VA's West Los Angeles campus, outside of which dozens of homeless veterans had set up an encampment known as “Veterans Row.”

    The goal represented a nearly 5% increase over the department's number of permanent housing placements in fiscal 2021.

    McDonough also set a goal specifically for the greater Los Angeles area of housing 1,500 homeless veterans. The department fell short of the LA goal, finding permanent housing for 1,301 veterans in 2022.

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