updated 1/27/2005 5:11:00 PM ET 2005-01-27T22:11:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 250,000 veterans living in the U.S. are homeless, and as many as double that number experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. Of the entire adult homeless population, one-third have served in the military. Most homeless veterans are male, with 45 percent suffering from mental illness and 70 percent abusing alcohol or other drugs.

Below is a list of federal and nonprofit agencies committed to helping homeless veterans.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
(800) VET-HELP

National Coalition for the Homeless
(202) 737-6444

National Alliance to End Homelessness
(202) 638-1526

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
(202) 638-2535

Health Care for the Homeless
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(888) 439-3300

HUDVET — Veteran Resource Center
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(800) 998-9999

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(703) 706-9660

Department of Veterans Affairs
(800) 827-1000

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