MR. DiLUZIO OF LVMAC SPEAKS OUT ON VETERANS HOMELESSNESS
Mr. Pat DiLuzio, Executive Director of Victory House, the area’s only VA recognized homelessness shelter and the new Homelessness Subcommittee Chairman for our Veterans Affairs Committee, addressed the Council at its 18 January 2012 meeting on the subject of homelessness and the plight of our veterans who are a significant proportion of that problem.
He started off with, “Close your eyes and when you think of a homeless person – what comes to mind or what do you see? Someone sitting on a heating grate; someone with a cup on corner of a busy street asking for food or dollars; children and families; someone in line at a soup kitchen; sadness and sorrow? These were some of the common answers I’ve heard people who were questioned about homelessness in United States.
“Others were asked, why do you think homelessness exists and what are the causes? The responses varied, but the top causes in the eyes of the respondents were: alcohol and drug addictions; family break-ups including abusive behavior/family dysfunctions; and physical and mental disabilities.
“But what is really interesting is that when people thought about what came to mind when they [the public] thought about homelessness, no one mentioned the homeless veteran.” (more…)