A local nonprofit working with veterans in need has helped reduce Brevard’s population of homeless military veterans by about 90% since 2008, its president said.

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs counted 1,800 homeless vets in Brevard County in 2008, said George Taylor Jr., CEO and president of National Veterans Homeless Support — a Brevard-based nonprofit that works with homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s point-in-time count data, there were 119 total homeless veterans in Brevard County as of 2020. This number includes both sheltered and unsheltered homeless veterans. It is the most recent data available.

These numbers are based on known veterans. At the inception of the organization, identifying veterans was more challenging, as not all were part of Veterans Affairs, Taylor said.

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