The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported the findings of a one-night survey taken last January that over 636,000 people were homeless nationwide, down 2.1 percent from a year earlier. Veteran homelessness declined even further since January 2010, dropping by 12 percent, or 8,834. According to HUD, an estimated 119 homeless veterans were counted in the Capital Region last January, with 105 of them being in area shelters and 14 being unsheltered (See chart).
Even as the nation’s ranks of homeless veterans decreases, Tully Rinckey PLLC this holiday season stepped up its efforts to help those who served in the military fend off the cold. For its second annual Coats for Veterans event, the firm partnered with the Fort Worth, Texas-based Dickies Clothing to give 50 coats to veterans in the Capital Region. The coats will benefit veterans at the Veterans Community Services Center in Albany.
Additionally, Tully Rinckey PLLC provided a $500 cash donation to the Veteran Community Service Center’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program to show its appreciation for the organization’s year-round dedication in the assistance of veterans.
While Tully Rinckey PLLC is known for being a full-service law firm in the Capital Region, it is also a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business dedicated to defending the rights of service members and veterans throughout the country.
|Counts of Homeless Veterans in the Capital Region on a January 2011 Night|
|Continuums of Care (CoCs)||Total Veterans||Total Veterans Sheltered||Total Veterans Unsheltered|
|Albany City and County CoCs||80||76||4|
|Glens Falls / Saratoga Springs / Saratoga County CoCs||25||21||4|
|Schenectady City and County CoCs||10||7||3|
|Troy / Rensselaer County CoCs||4||1||3|
|Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 Point-in-Time (PIT) Estimates of Homelessness: Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)|
Coats for Veterans is one of many initiatives undertaken by Tully Rinckey PLLC to support veterans in Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs. For example, for last Thanksgiving the firm gave away gift certificates for turkeys or hams to service members in the area.