According to Blacklock's, which first reported the astonishing number Monday morning, a subsequent census on homeless veterans was started, then delayed and never completed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans Affairs staff estimate the number to have doubled since 2016.
The Veterans Emergency Fund, which receives a one-million-dollar annual budget, is consistently underfunded and the application to the program for help are larger than the 2016 survey which pegged the number of homeless veterans at 2400.
Of 2,576 appeals for funding over two years a total 1,902 were approved. Most payments were issued within two days “for necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care or expenses not otherwise covered,” according to the federal evaluation of the program.
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