- Did you know that… according to the V.A., the #1 unmet need of women veterans is affordable, permanent housing?
There are too few permanent veteran-focused affordable housing developments, especially in the North Bay of the San Francisco, California area. Sadly, there are even fewer for the most at-risk group of all: women veterans and their children.
When Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), other psychological conditions, trauma from sexual harassment, and prolonged exposure to war all converge on the vulnerable single mom, homelessness looms as a devastating but a common consequence.
- Did you know that… the risk of women veterans becoming homeless is 4X greater than for men?
VA benefits seldom provide sufficient services support for these veterans and their families to help them thrive. These brave people have put their lives on the line and their families on hold to serve their country.
- Did you know that… housing instability is a source of extreme stress for children? Nearly 50% of these children exhibit symptoms of anxiety or depression, and many have difficulties with social or personal development.
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Unfortunately, the lack of affordable housing affects more than moms. Without secure living environments, students in these families tend to score poorly on achievement tests, have frequent behavioral problems, are more likely to repeat grades in school, and have lower future expectations for attaining secondary education.
- Did you know that… more than 280,000 female military have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan or to other war zones? Or that these moms flew combat aircraft, manned missile placements, served on ships, and performed other roles in a combat environment?
Help us avoid the unnecessary negative impact on young children from growing up in unsafe neighborhoods characterized by crime, violence, drugs, and a lack of opportunity—by supporting BlueStar Family Homes’ efforts to provide affordable, decent housing in better neighborhoods.
- Did you know that… there are only a handful of permanent housing programs for veterans nationwide? Women are often housed with men in these facilities, which are not family environments and are therefore inappropriate for children.