BENEFITING: FINAL SALUTE
To provide safe and suitable housing for female vets. All proceeds from the event will aid in continuing to provide homes for homeless female Veterans and their children.
Women veterans express a desire for sex-segregated residential centers staffed by qualified individuals who sensitive to the female Veteran culture. Women, especially those with a history of Military Sexual Trauma(MST) and domestic violence, report feeling more secure and comfortable in a female-only environment. Locating centers in safer residential areas, away from drug dealers and violence is also important. – Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau
More than 60 percent of surveyed Grant Per Diem (GPD) programs that serve homeless female Veterans do not house children. Most programs that did house children had very limited restrictions. GPD providers cite a lack of housing for women with children as a significant barrier to accessing veteran housing. Limited housing for women and their children puts these families at risk of remaining homeless. Homeless women veterans cite safety concerns about GPD housing. ‐U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Unfortunately, neither VA nor HUD collects date on the total number of homeless women veterans in the general population. Further, they lack date on the characteristics and needs of these women on a national, state and local level. Absent more complete data, VA does not have the information needed to plan services effectively, to allocate grants for providers and track progress toward its overall goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. - U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)