More than two dozen tribes have nearly $6 million in new funding from HUD to help Native American homeless veterans. It’s a promising development to help a prevailing problem on reservations and in urban areas. Some tribes are getting as much as $142,000. They estimate the new influx of cash will help a total of 500 veterans who don’t have a roof over their heads. But already there are some complaints about bureaucracy interfering with the process. Which tribes are having the most success helping homeless veterans? And what challenges remain helping the men and women who have served in the military?
Teresa Pittman – regional coordinator for the HUD VASH program
Taylor Real Bird (Crow) – assistant director for the Apsaalooke VA
Mitchelene Big Man (Crow) – president and founder of Native American Women Warriors and a retired Army Veteran
Break Music: Flag Song (World) (song) The Black Lodge (artist) Veterans’ Honor Songs (album)