Objective: Providing information specifically for homeless individuals who are women with children.
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Homelessness among women veterans is expected to rise as more and more women veterans reintegrate into their communities. Women currently make up 8% of the total veteran population and 14.6% of the active duty military, and this is expected to increase to 16% by 2035. The number of homeless women veterans has doubled in the past four years. Women veterans face unique challenges that increase their susceptibility to homelessness.
One in five women in the military report having experienced sexual trauma. These women are nine times more likely to experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and we know PTSD can lead to homelessness. The correlation between sexual trauma and homelessness is becoming clear. Those who experience personal violence are 6.5 times more likely to experience homelessness. Women veterans are at a much greater risk for experiencing homelessness, especially when compounded by PTSD.
In 2010, over 30,000 single mothers were deployed. Single mothers returning from service are at great risk of homelessness because of a lack of accessible and affordable childcare, which makes it difficult to find employment. Most homeless female veterans are unemployed.
Women veterans returning from service have unique needs and unique experiences that put them at higher risk for homelessness. Single mothers, unemployed vets, victims of Military Sexual Trauma, and women with PTSD are more likely than others to become homeless after serving.
If you know a woman veteran experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, tell her about the resources available to her:http://nchv.org/index.php/help/help/women_veterans/