“Homelessness and Trauma Go Hand-in-Hand”: Pathways to Homelessness among Women Veterans

Veterans comprise a disproportionate fraction of the nation’s homeless population, with women veterans up to four times more likely to be homeless than non-veteran women. This paper provides a grounded description of women veterans’ pathways into homelessness. Collectively, these multiple, interacting roots and contextual factors form a “web of vulnerability” that is a target for action. Multiple points along the pathways to homelessness represent critical junctures for VA and community-based organizations to engage in prevention or intervention efforts on behalf of women veterans. Considering the multiple, interconnected challenges that these women veterans described, solutions to homelessness should address multiple risk factors, include trauma-informed care that acknowledges women veterans’ traumatic experiences, and incorporate holistic responses that can contribute to healing and recovery.

Publication Date: 
2011
Publisher(s): 
Elsevier Inc
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
4
Journal Name: 
Women's Health Issues
Location: 
United States