Here are the Cities where Mayors have Committed to Ending Veteran Homelessness

written by naehblog
July 22, 2014

Today's blog post was written by Sarah Mesrobian, research intern with the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute (HRI).

“The percentage of veterans who are homeless today is actually just 0.3 percent of the total veteran population. But even one homeless veteran is a shame and the fact that we have 58,000 is a moral outrage.”  These were the words of first lady Michelle Obama as she launched the Mayor’s Challenge last month. The initiative is meant to eliminate veteran homelessness by asking mayors in cities across the U.S. take the lead in their communities.

At the start of this initiative 77 mayors, four county officials, and four governors committed to end veteran homelessness in 2015. Some individual mayors have taken the challenge even further by setting individual goals to end veteran homelessness before the 2015 deadline. And on June 16, the first lady spoke about veteran homelessness in Los Angeles, with Mayor Eric Garcetti joining the challenge and committing to end veteran homelessness in 2015 in L.A., the city with the largest homeless veteran population in the country.

The Alliance is now tracking the cities where mayors and other local government officials have signed onto the challenge with our Ending Veteran Homelessness Map (embedded below). A yellow flag pinpoints each city where a mayor has committed to join the initiative . If your local government official has not made the commitment yet, please encourage them to join. If all Mayors join the challenge and follow through on the commitment, as a nation we can ensure that there will never be another homeless veteran.

New Feature: Our map now pinpoints the cities where mayors have committed to end veteran homelessness in 2015. See if your mayor has made the commitment yet by searching for the yellow pins on our tracking map. Together we can end veteran homelessness! 

- Media report of an increase - CoC/government report of an increase
- Media report of a decrease - CoC/government report of a decrease

View Ending Veteran Homelessness Map in a larger map