According to the 2014 Annual State of Homelessness Report by the Alliance For Housing (CoC), found that there were 250 homeless veterans in Oakland County, MI in 2014.
The report also describes how veteran experience homelessness differently than the rest of the homeless population. "the number of single male homeless veterans far exceeds the average found within the overall homeless population at 80% compared to 53%." 50% of homeless veterans have a disability, compared to 29% in the homeless population.
in 2015, HOPE served 35 homeless veterans.
Oakland Co. Veterans By-Name Task Force
HOPE is a proud member of the Oakland County Veterans By-Name Task Force. We meet twice a month to identify Oakland County veterans in need of housing assistance. In 2015, HOPE served 35 veterans.
Campaign: Zero 2016 is an initiative by the several entities
including Veterans Administration and the department of Housing and Urban Development. It's aim is to promote best practices in the area of veteran homelessness. The Oakland Co Veterans By-Name Task Force is guided by models provided by this campaign.
HOPE for Vietnam Veterans
In conjunction with the Community Mental Health Authority of Oakland County, HOPE is utilizing special grant funding designated to moving Vietnam veterans from homelessness to being securely housed. Between May 2016 and September 2016 HOPE will utilize a grant specific to homeless veterans who served in Vietnam.
Veterans Exposed to Asbestos
Many Veterans have been exposed to asbestos. The exposure may eventually turn into mesothelioma. Many years can pass before symptoms develop. Check out this website to learn more about resources to help people expeosed to asbestos. https://www.asbestos.com
Other Veterans Resources
VA Crisis line: (800) 273-8255, then press 1
Michigan Veteran Affairs: (800) 642-4838