Social Work student to present research on female veteran homelessness at APHA Conference

06.02.17

Social Work student will present her original research on female veteran homelessness at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in Atlanta this fall.  

This contributing author, journalist and advocate for homeless women veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognize that women veterans are the fastest-growing demographic of homeless veterans in America.  Many of them are single mothers with dependent children.

Women veterans who are homeless struggle with invisibility from the general public, and are frequently under-represented in counts of the homeless.  The federal definition of homelessness, which changed in 2009 to exclude couch-surfing, also disproportionately affects women veterans, who frequently double-up with friends and family, often along with their dependent children, rather than stay in shelters or sleep outdoors.