Not everyone realizes this, but shelters helping homeless or disabled veterans tend to be segregated by gender. In the State of New York there are only TWO shelters for homeless female veterans outside of New York City. TWO. That’s ONE and ONE.
Furthermore, there is a special kind of suffering that goes with being a female veteran. Lauren Dever, Coordinator for the Boston-based Women Veterans Homelessness Program, has commented on the issue, outlining three main features that “are unique to women”:
- Female Veterans are far more likely than males to be raising a child alone. When we provide services to women we need to do a better job of also providing care options for her children. This is something that we have been working on in a couple of new programs. If a woman has to choose between getting the care and support she needs and being with her children, we aren’t giving her much of a choice.