The Department of Veterans Affairs placed 46,552 veterans in permanent housing in 2023, exceeding its goal to house 38,000 individuals in 2023 by nearly 23%.
VA officials said Tuesday the department was able to ensure that nearly 96% of those who were housed in 2023 remained in their homes, exceeding its goal for the year by nearly 1%. The VA also rehoused — or is in the process of helping — nearly all the 1,919 veterans who returned to homelessness after receiving housing.
The numbers represent a record year for the department, which has placed great emphasis on eliminating veteran homelessness. With increased funding from Congress and partnering with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, the VA has worked hard to get veterans off the street and into permanent homes.
VA Secretary Denis McDonough said Tuesday that he joined volunteers in Sacramento, California, on Jan. 24 where he spoke with former service members during HUD's annual Point-in-Time count of the homeless.
“Every veteran we met on those nights reinforces an unavoidable tragedy that there are homeless veterans in this country. This is not acceptable,” McDonough said during a press conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
According to the results of HUD's 2023 Point-in-Time count, announced last month, the number of veterans who experienced…