November 10, 2010; Source: Miami Herald | Women veterans are “up to four times more likely to lose their homes than civilian women.” Among the hundreds of thousands of veterans who end up homeless in this country are 6500 women. They struggle with the same constellation of issues as other vets: mental health issues, addiction and an inability to re-adapt to civilian life. Some are sexual abuse survivors and others have lost their children. The number of women veterans who are homeless have doubled over the past ten years and even so, they make up only a small fraction of the estimated 260,000 veterans overall who find themselves homeless over the course of a year. Programs established to provide housing and supports for homeless vets are often struggling for funding. See also this story.–Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.