Quest Vets Project Women

Quest Vets Project ~ Women

Quest Communities currently houses men and women veterans. We are working on a 2015 Project with our strategic partners for a housing complex exclusively for single women veterans and women veterans with children.

“The growing increase in the number of women serving in the military and accompanying prevalence of homelessness among women veterans is a top concern at Quest Communities.”

Leonard Adams
Gulf War Veteran | President/CEO  - Quest Communities

Our Women Veterans Speak Out

"I was in quite a dire situation, before I found Quest Communities. The living situation at Quest is amazing — the amenities, the safety.  We always have someone to call on if we have any problems. We know we have a backup system. "

Elleada Brown
U.S. Army Veteran | Quest Veterans Village Resident

"Who would ever imagine that there was this little known secret on Rock Street! I now, have a home! I want to thank Quest Communities for thinking of the Veterans that have served, and need a place to call home. I am so grateful, let the healing begin!" 

Shunita Averett
U.S. Navy Veteran | Quest Veterans Village Resident

Homeless Veteran Women

Facts about homelessness among women veterans

Among women, military service is associated with a three to four times increased likelihood of experiencing homelessness (Gamache, Rosenheck, & Tessler, 2003).

Among women veterans, several factors have been found to be associated with the experience of homelessness, including: unemployment, disability, positive screens for post-traumatic stress disorder(s), anxiety disorder(s), as well as sexual assault during military service (Washington, Yano, McGuire, Hines, Lee, & Gelberg, 2010).

While data is limited, the number of women veterans identified as homeless by the VA increased by 141% from fiscal year 2006 (1,380) to fiscal year 2010 (3,328; U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2011)

Homeless female veterans likely present with different needs compared to homeless male veterans (e.g., gender-related care, treatment for physical and sexual trauma, care for dependent children; Kushel, Evans, Robertson, Moss, 2003; North & Smith, 1993; Wenzel, Koegel, & Gelberg, 2000).

Although eligible to receive veterans housing (Grant Per Diem and Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing), women veterans face several barriers to accessing and using these services, including: "lack of awareness about these programs, lack of referrals for temporary housing while awaiting placement in veterans housing, limited housing for women with children, and concerns about personal safety" (U.S. Government Accountability Office)