The number of homeless female veterans has doubled in the past decade, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), even though the overall number of homeless veterans has decreased. Current estimates indicate there are 6,500 homeless women veterans.
Women veterans are now two to four times more likely than women civilians to be homeless, reported the Boston Globe. Young women veterans are especially affected: women account for nine percent of homeless vets under the age of 45.
A report (see PDF) issued in January by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America notes that homeless female veterans have been impacted differently by their service than their male counterparts. Severe mental health issues disproportionately affect women veterans. On average, women veterans also earn lower salaries than their male counterparts. In addition, forty percent of homeless women veterans reported being sexually assaulted by a fellow service member.
In an effort to combat homelessness for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs announced the allocation of $75 million last month to provide rental housing and support for homeless veterans.
Media Resources: Boston Globe 7/6/09, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America 1/09; Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs Press Release 6/18/09
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .