Housing for Homeless Veterans in Detroit Michigan & Adaptive Housing for Post 9/11 Veterans
Host Dale Throneberry and guests:
- Dr. Gerald I.F. Curley, Director of mental health homeless programs at the VA Detroit Healthcare System
- Diandra Gourlay, Vice President of social services at Volunteers of America Michigan, the largest private provider of veteran services to the state.
- Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer, President/CEO Homes for our Troops
Housing for Homeless Veterans in Detroit & Adaptive Housing for Post 9/11 Veterans - November 26, 2023
Homeless Veterans in Detroit
Veterans are two to three times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. But hope is on the horizon in the Motor City. Detroit has reduced veteran homelessness by nearly 50% since 2020 — almost five times the national average reduction of 11% in the same time period — and by 70% since 2017.
The city is working to reach “functional zero” — when the community can house the number of veterans routinely entering homelessness within one month — thereby ending veteran homelessness completely. Several factors are helping Detroit make significant progress:
• Collecting real-time data on every veteran experiencing homelessness by name and health and housing needs — instead of solely relying on the point-in-time count, which only tallies the number of unsheltered people once a year.
• Creating permanent housing for veterans exiting homelessness through property conversions funded by nonprofits and Rocket Mortgage.
• Involving people with experience of homelessness to identify gaps and streamline the city’s homeless response system.
• Reducing barriers between the VA, HUD, and community partners to increase the use of housing vouchers earmarked for vets.
Dr. Gerald Curley and Diandra Gourlay talk to our host Dale Throneberry about the specifics of the program in Detroit that aims to eliminate homelessness for our veterans.
For more information: functional zero
Homes for our Troops USA – “Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives”
Mission – TO BUILD AND DONATE SPECIALLY ADAPTED CUSTOM HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR SEVERELY INJURED POST-9/11 VETERANS, TO ENABLE THEM TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES.
To donate, volunteer, and learn more about this non-profit organization – hfotusa.org
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