Women of Valor Project
Women of Excellence is seeking to launch a new "Women of Valor" program to serve the growing population of homeless female veterans who are having difficulty adjusting to civilian life as they return from active duty deployments.
Our Women of Valor program will honor the service and sacrifice of our former female active duty soldiers by providing them with both transitional housing and supportive services to assist them in successfully transitioning into civilian life.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, homelessness among female veterans is expected to rise as increasing numbers of women in the military reintegrate into their communities from active duty deployments.
Women currently make up 8% of the total veteran population and 14.6% of the active duty military, increasing to an estimated 16% by 2035. The most recent point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness, reported by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), identified 4,338 women Veterans who were experiencing homelessness, comprising 9.1% of the entire Veteran homeless population. Further, it is estimated that 1–2% of all women Veterans and 13–15% of women Veterans living in poverty experience homelessness over the course of a year.
In Philadelphia, the Veterans Administration has indicated that it had identified 320 female veterans who were homeless at the beginning of FY2017. However, approximately 15% of these female vets have been transferred to Coatesville, PA due to the lack of beds within the city. Currently, Coatesville (a distance of 45 miles), is the only nearest location which has a facility designated for homeless female vets).