Liberty Manor serves as a Desperately-needed Refuge for our Veterans
Liberty Manor identified a void in services in 2005 as it relates to homeless veterans when we learned that the veterans who worked hard and “played it straight” all their lives and refrained from drugs or alcohol receive no services or housing! It was then that we realized that our returning veterans were not well supported, and many go without services due to a lack of government funding.
The objective of Liberty Manor for Veterans was to provide housing and all social service resources necessary to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless veterans. This meritorious initiative is the first of its kind, as we do not provide housing in cases when the veteran has an addiction. Instead, we provide housing to veterans who have “played it straight all their life”, but merely fell victim to homelessness due to an unemployment situation.
The military even had a motto: “Leave no man behind.” However, our veterans experienced grave difficulty when expected to transition into the civilian world. Liberty Manor vows to do our best to make the motto they were promised a reality as we do everything possible to ensure that no veteran is left behind.
A large section of homeless people in the US includes veterans. In fact, 11% of all homeless adults in the US are veterans. The data show that on a single night in January 2022, there were 33,136 veterans who were experiencing homelessness in the United States. There are over 630,000 homeless people in America. 67,495 are veterans. \”All veterans deserve to have what they need to lead healthy, safe and successful lives—that starts with a place to call home,\” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge. Over 968,000 veterans lived in poverty in the last year. 20,000 veterans with government sponsored mortgages lost their homes in 2010. 76% of homeless veterans experience alcohol, drug, or mental health issues. 30.2% of veterans ages 18-24 are unemployed. In the data supplied by the Florida Department of Children and Families reported there were an estimated 21,218 homeless Floridians \”on any given night\” in its latest report. The data in their report was for 2021. A more recent report has not yet been released. The report said there were 1,687 homeless families in the state last year, as well as 2,153 homeless veterans.
It’s easy to jump to conclusions, but we shouldn’t. Here is some surprising information about homeless veterans:
89% received an honorable discharge.
67% served 3 years or more.
47% are Vietnam veterans
15% served before Vietnam
5.5% are Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.