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225 Mayors Have Signed on to End Veteran Homelessness. Has Yours?
September 18, 2014
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|- Cities where mayors or other government officials have committed to ending veteran homelessness in 2015|
We are going to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. We have the know-how, the funds, and the political will across the country to make this happen – of this I have little doubt.
A big part of building political will has been the Mayor’s Challenge – a movement that began with the work of the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA), and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and some national nonprofit partners. Mayors across the country (around 225 and growing daily) have committed their communities to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
The public commitment to such a goal is the first step in a long process of getting the job done, but it’s an extremely important one. Prior to the Challenge, just a few federal departments and housing assistance providers scattered across the country shared the goal of ending veteran homelessness (and the hard work to reach it). Now that so many mayors and other elected officials have a stake in reaching the goal, they too are developing plans and taking action to make an impact, and in many cases they’re lending resources and expertise to the fight.
Yet many mayors still have not signed on. And that’s where you come in. If you’re community hasn’t signed on (check here to see), we challenge you to reach out to your mayor’s office and explain the importance of ending veteran homelessness. Make sure your mayor knows about the numerous resources available from HUD to help elected officials, and the easy-to-follow steps for mayors that the Alliance has put together. The National League of Cities is also lending their expertise to cities as well.
Once your community has signed on, we are here to help – but we need people like YOU to convince the remaining mayors that we can and will reach a day when there is Never Another Homeless Veteran. You can find your mayor’s contact information here, so don’t wait! Honor our veterans and take this step to make a huge difference in your community and in the lives of the thousands of the 50,000 veterans!