The number of homeless female veterans far outstrips the affordable housing available for this increasing demographic, but a new housing complex in Dayton, Ohio, hopes to, at the very least, put a small dent in that number. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 homeless female veterans, and that number continues to rise as female enlistment in the armed services increases. In Dayton, a 27-unit apartment building located on the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Campus has been renovated to serve as veterans housing and signals a growing trend around the country to establish housing for returning military personnel. But Dayton’s all-female housing project is one of about a dozen such facilities around the country.
The housing complex will make services including day care, job training, and drug and alcohol counseling available to vets. According to the V.A., women account for 5 percent of homeless veterans, up from 3 percent a decade ago.