Stoll’s Chief Executive, Ed Tytherleigh writes on ending Veterans’ homelessness. You can read his blog over on the Huffington Post.
Every year there are well over a thousand ex-service personnel who become homeless or who face the risk of homelessness and are in urgent need of housing. With others experiencing crises in their lives, urgent intervention is needed to provide the necessary support for vulnerable veterans. Whilst there is a significant amount of good and effective provision to support veterans, new research from the University of York highlights there are still many ex-service personnel falling unnecessarily through the gaps.
Now is the time to tackle this important issue. We have an opportunity to reduce veteran homelessness to virtually zero simply by bringing about change to the way serving personnel are supported when leaving the Forces. Stoll and Riverside, in collaboration with Cobseo, The Confederation of Service Charities, have published a series of recommendations in a Call to Action that aims to tackle homelessness amongst veterans.
Our goal is achievable but it requires the support of Government, Local Authorities, charities and other agencies that come into contact with veterans.