In 2014, Michelle Obama put the issue of veteran homelessness high on her agenda.
“Altogether, roughly 58,000 veterans are experiencing homelessness in America today -– a number that, fortunately, has fallen sharply in the past few years. But whatever the number, these brave men and women have served this country with courage and grace. And after all that, too many of them have come home only to fight a new battle -– a battle to keep a roof over their head, a battle just to have somewhere to go when it rains.” (source)
That year, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the administration made a commitment to end veteran homelessness because “even one homeless veteran is a shame.” (source) Their goal was to incentivize local communities with additional resources to be used solely for housing homeless and at-risk vets. As a result in early 2015, EveryOne Home, Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantee agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formed the collaborative Operation Vets Home to implement the local initiative to end veteran homelessness.