2 housing challenges women veterans face and how they can be addressed

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), more than 2 million women veterans live in the United States today. That number has risen significantly over the last few years and is projected to grow over time. With the increase in women veterans comes an increase in concern over the risks of homelessness and housing challenges that are unique for women who are retired service members. Below are two examples of the challenges that women veterans face.

What are some of the housing challenges that women veterans face?

  • Housing for their dependents — A significant number (40%) of the veteran women who sought assistance from the VA for housing had children in their care who also needed housing. 
  • Increased risk of sexual assault — Without adequate and stable housing, women veterans are at an increased risk of experiencing sexual assault. One study found that 40% of women enrolled in the VA experienced sexual assault while experiencing homelessness.

Although there isn’t one surefire way to address the risks to women during homelessness, one way to help curb homelessness in women veterans is through proactive outreach. There are several veteran associations that provide outreach programs specifically for women veterans in need of housing help.

Valor Healthcare wants to address the housing challenges that women veterans face

Valor Healthcare is a veteran-founded healthcare organization. We aim to provide whole healthcare services to veterans and other patriots. We are the largest contracted provider of outpatient healthcare services for veterans and take pride in delivering world-class services. We were one of the first community-based outpatient clinics to be accredited for ambulatory care by the Joint Commission and continue to focus on quality across all our lines of business. 

We’re a team made up of veterans and leading clinicians who are passionate about making resources available to those who have served our country. Valor was first established in 2004, when an Army veteran and Navy veteran joined together to create something they both believed in — good-quality outpatient care for veterans. 

If you’re interested in the types of services a veteran-focused health consultant company can provide, we specialize in each of the following:

  • Outpatient clinic operations.
  • Occupational health.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Population health.
  • Value-added services.

Are you interested in helping us address the housing challenges that women veterans face? You can read more about the experience of being a woman veteran here. You can also learn more about diversity and inclusion in the military by reading about how the GI Bill affected Black veterans. Valor Healthcare partners with public and private medical clinics to bring high-quality healthcare to American veterans. Partner with us to give your patients access to data-driven, 21st-century care.