(Washington, DC) -- A focused effort to reduce homelessness among veterans has led to a significant decline over the past four years. In 2009, one out of four homeless people was a veteran and the Department of Veterans Affairs says today that number is one in ten. U-S Senator Al Franken says the Obama administration made it a priority to expand services to veterans to tackle the problem -- and says the best way to keep someone from being homeless is to get them a job. Franken co-authored a bi-partisan bill to expand veteran job creation programs but it failed by two votes in September. This is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.