Maine Homeless Veterans Committee Delivers Annual Update on Vet Homelessness

Published: Jan. 31, 2018 at 6:18 PM EST
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The Maine Homeless Veterans Action Committee delivered its annual update on the state of veteran homelessness Wednesday.

An estimated 278 veterans became homeless last year in Maine. 192 of them were housed by local organizations.

Data was collected from emergency shelters and community volunteers to create a better understanding of who the homeless are as well as how best to get them back on their feet.

Rob Liscord of Preble Street Veterans Housing Services says Maine has come a long way over the last five years in terms of prioritizing housing homeless vets.

"From a year ago today, on average it took us over 200 days to house homeless veterans, and now we're down to an average of 130 days or less to get veterans into housing," said Liscord.

The Maine Homeless Veterans Action Committee hopes to identify permanent housing plans and funds this year for the 10% of homeless veterans who are not eligible for VA programs.