The Seattle area has the eighth-largest homeless veteran population in the country, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). With the help of the community, the veteran-led nonprofit One Less Mountain’s Seattle Stand Down project is working to change that.
Throughout the year, volunteers have been calling on landlords and property owners to rent to homeless vets and accept the rental-assistance vouchers issued by HUD. The Seattle Stand Down is making one last push to support the city’s estimated 516 homeless veterans with Seattle Stand Down 5, a special event slated for December 17–18 at Seattle Central College. Volunteers—many of them fellow veterans—will help connect those in need with free medical and dental care, food and clothing, employment workshops, legal assistance, counseling and more. For information, visit theseattlestanddown.org.