By Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter
Around 6.5 percent of people living in Ingham County — 14,808 residents — have veteran status in Ingham County, according to the Census Reporter web site.
And the number of those who are homeless is quickly dropping. The total count of homeless veterans in the city of Lansing decreased from 485 to 241 during the year 2015, according to the 2015 homeless data from City of Lansing Human Relations and Community Service Department.
U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending homelessness among veterans. There were 2,490 veterans who received VA Disability Compensation or Pension benefits during 2015 in Ingham County, according to a report.
Thompson said she was glad to see the result.
“Lansing and the state Michigan Veterans Agency have been working very hard to move the vets from the homeless shelters to their places, most likely with HUDVSH assistance,” said Brook Thompson, a veteran, the board chairperson of the Michigan Women’s Commission and the representative on the veteran subcommittee. “In the last three years there has been a statewide effort to coordinate better support activities for vets, so it is more of a ‘one stop shop’ kind of activity. I am glad to see that it appears to be working.”