According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at any given time there are 1.4 million at risk of becoming homeless.
Newsletter Sign Up
Join Our FREE Newsletter

Transitioning, Transforming 
& Transcending the 
Quality of Life for Veterans
Founded by a veteran, the mission of the Atlanta Veterans Association is to enhance the quality of life for veterans 
through engaging in community activities, fundraisers, financial assistance, resources, job readiness, employment and career training, 
entrepreneurial goals, financial and credit health, and interacting through sports, physical fitness, therapeutic, and holistic wellness programs.
AVA offers certified production assistant training to Veterans interested in careers in Georgia's booming
multi-million dollar 
film and TV industry.  
Discounted or FREE tuition may be available to select members of  VGIFT 

In 2016, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) estimated that on any given night there were over 47,000 homeless veterans sleeping on American streets. There are more than 700 homeless veterans in greater Atlanta on any given night. About one-third of the adult homeless population in the US are veterans. 

While only 8% of Americans are veterans, 17% of our homeless population is made up of veterans. The number of homeless female veterans is on the rise: 
in 2006, there were 150 homeless female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; in 2011, there were 1,700. That same year, 18% of homeless veterans assisted by the VA were women. Female veterans are two to three times more likely to be homeless than any other group in the US adult population. Women veterans and those with disabilities including post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are more likely to become homeless, and a higher percentage of veterans returning from the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have these characteristics. Veterans between the ages of 18 and 30 are twice as likely as adults in the general population to be homeless, and the risk 
of homelessness increases significantly among young veterans who are poor.

Despite only accounting for 12.8% and 15.4% of the U.S. population, roughly 56% of all homeless veterans are African-American or Hispanic. Over 50% of homeless veterans have disabilities.  Half suffer from mental illness; PTS
(Post Traumatic Stress) and Traumatic Braining Injury (TBI).  Two-thirds suffer from substance abuse problems; and many from dual diagnosis (both mental illness and a substance abuse problem).  As a result of behavioral issues which may result in facing legal charges, many veterans are engaged in the Veterans Treatment Court where the focus is on treatment and rehabilitation rather than jail time.

Homeless veterans spend an average of nearly six years homeless, compared 
to four years reported among non-veterans. Three times as many veterans currently struggling to pay rent or mortgages, maintain utilities, buy food and personal items, face an increased risk of becoming homeless...

The Atlanta Veterans Association provides assistance and resources to homeless veterans to aid, support and help prevent homelessness through 
our Homeless Heroes program and exclusively for women veterans through
our initiative, Our Sister's Room.

Helping Our Homeless Heroes
to learn more click here
​The Atlanta Veterans Association is a tax-exempt charitable nonprofit organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible. 

VGIFT (Veterans of Georgia In Film & Television) is a program under the Atlanta Veterans Association. 

No portion of this web site may be copied, retransmitted, reposted, duplicated or 
otherwise used without the express written approval of The Atlanta Veterans Association. 

Copyright 2016 Atlanta Veterans Association, Inc. All rights reserved.
About AVA
Get Involved

Privacy Policy
Terms of Use
Join AVA
Our Partners
Shop AVA

What services or events would you like to see more of?Community events
Social events
Physical Fitness/Exercise
Disability Claims events
Employment events
Training/Job Readiness
Financial Assistance
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, at any given time there are 1.4 million at risk of becoming homeless.
In their 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sites a 30% drop in Veteran homelessness since 2010, but only 
a 4% drop from 2014-2015.
A group of volunteers representing VGIFT (Veterans of 
Georgia in Film & TV) superceded the memberhsip goal
for Georgia Public Broadcasting's membership campaign! 
See full story here
Atlanta Veterans Trained For Work on Films & TV Shows                                                                                    See more
VGIFT (Veterans of Georgia in Film & TV) members have gained work on feature films and television projects. Learn more
Back to Top