There are currently 703 homeless veterans in Santa Clara County, 683 are single and 20 are living in families. Females comprise 13% of single homeless veterans and 65% of homeless veterans in families. 314 veterans are considered chronically homeless, which is 46% of the homeless veteran population. Only 37% of homeless veterans are sheltered, with 63% unsheltered. 71% of homeless veterans were living in this county when they most recently became homeless. Additionally, 8% were in a hospital or treatment facility just prior to becoming homeless and 23% are experiencing homelessness for the first time.
Many U.S. veterans experience conditions that place them at increased risk for homelessness, including higher rates of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), sexual assault and physical disability. Veterans experiencing homelessness are more likely to live on the street than in shelters and often remain on the street for extended periods of time.
Fact Sheet on Veteran Homelessness in Santa Clara County.