Cities With Troubling Homelessness Rates Can Learn From VSOs

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Since President Barack Obama vowed to end veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs allotted more than $500 million this year alone to the effort, and the number of homeless veterans across the country has dropped from 195,000 in 2006 to fewer than 50,000 in 2014.

Unfortunately, other at-risk demographics don’t have the same robust support that veterans do, but they can learn a thing or two from veterans organizations, especially when it comes to galvanizing support.

“The District’s efforts currently lack the cohesive vision and narrative that veterans’ advocates have successfully developed to provide a clear direction, a consistent source of motivation and the justification to run roughshod over disparate funding lines and parochial bureaucratic barriers,” writes the vice president of ScoutComms, Brian Wagner.

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