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Recent VA data demonstrates that male veterans are 1.3 times more likely to become homeless than non-veterans; and female veterans are 3.6 times more likely to become homeless than non-veteran women.

Public Law 100-77, signed into law on July 22,1987, known as the “McKinney Act,” identifies a homeless person as one who lacks a fixed,regular and adequate nighttime residence; and who has a primary nighttime residence that is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter, a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

In general, most organizations use the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) eligibility criteria to determine which veterans can access services. Eligibility for VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.(NCHV)
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