News Story (New Mexico)
July 5, 2015
Tags: Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Housing: Homelessness, Veterans
Organizations mentioned/involved: New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness (NMCEH), Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (NM) (MVCH)
At the same time they celebrate success, advocates say housing homeless veterans solves only the first of many problems. With a roof over their heads, formerly homeless veterans often face obstacles to gainful employment, including battles with substance abuse or mental health issues, a lack of reliable transportation and weak job prospects in the state.
More than 8,000 homeless people sought services in New Mexico last year, according to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, and about 10 percent of those were veterans. Before the initiative, veterans often made up one-fifth of the state’s homeless population, according to Hank Hughes, the coalition’s executive director.