Homelessness and Trauma in the Lives of Women Veterans
Research shows that women Veterans are 2-4 times more likely to be homeless than non-Veteran women, and 81-93% have experienced a traumatic event. The National Center on Family Homelessness has developed a fact sheet to raise awareness about these issues. Included in this fact sheet is a discussion of trauma-informed care, an organizational response to meeting the unique needs of this population. This fact sheet was created with support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Mental Health & Well-Being initiative.
Commemorating National Homeless Awareness Month
On November 13, The National Center on Family Homelessness and First Focus are hosting a briefing in conjunction with The Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and Senator Patty Murray to commemorate National Homelessness Awareness Month. Dr. Carmela DeCandia of The National Center on Family Homelessness and Cheryl Vince of the Health & Social Development program at American Institutes for Research will speak along with Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson and Alcee Hastings, Caucus Co-Chairs, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Senator Patty Murray, True Colors Fund, and First Focus. Speakers will share the latest policy and research on child, youth, and family homelessness and housing. The briefing will be held from 11 AM - 12 PM at the Rayburn Housing Office Building, Room 2325. Learn more and RSVP today.
New Data Shows More than 1.1 Million U.S. Students Homeless
The U.S. Department of Education released data on the number of homeless students for the 2011-2012 school year. Public schools identified over 1.1 million homeless students across the country, the highest number on record and a 10 percent increase over the previous school year. These numbers are for students enrolled and identified in Pre-K through 12th grade in public schools and do not include young children or those not enrolled or identified. View the Department of Education report.
Trauma-Informed Care for Organizations Serving Women Veterans
The National Center, with support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Mental Heath & Well-Being initiative, launched a multi-site demonstration project to implement a trauma-informed approach to serving women Veterans who are homeless. This summer, The National Center worked with partner organizations to implement the Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Organizational Self-Assessment. Using the findings from this self-assessment, we worked together to develop strategic plans for becoming more trauma-informed and are now conducting a second round of trainings with staff at all partner sites. Learn more about this program.