Veteran Homelessness on Decline in U.S. After Obama Administration Spends Billions

Despite five years and billions of dollars, President Obama failed to meet his goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, though officials say they have cut the rate by 36 percent and made progress with better care for veterans in communities across the country.

The goal of the 2010 Opening Doors program was to try to reach “functional zero” in homelessness, which means communities are able to identify veterans as they lose their homes and speed them into new housing.

Twelve cities, three counties and one state, Virginia, say they have ended veteran homelessness altogether. Connecticut says it has ended chronic homelessness.

More victories are on the horizon. New York’s homeless veteran population is down 75 percent since 2012, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said in November that the remaining 1,000 or so homeless would get help by the end of this year.