The administration has set the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, a former Marine, was one of the 80 mayors from across the country who attended the event. Across the country, 77 mayors, 4 governors and 4 county officials have committed to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.
The fact sheet from the meeting offered aid the mayors in pursuit of the goal of ending homelessness among veterans, the federal government has provided resources and enforced programs to strengthen our country’s homeless assistance programs.
These resources and reforms, when implemented in local communities, can include:
Using a Housing First approach, which removes barriers to help veterans obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible, without unnecessary prerequisites;
Prioritizing the most vulnerable veterans, especially those experiencing chronic homelessness, for permanent supportive housing opportunities, including those created through the HUD-VASH program;
Coordinating outreach efforts to identify and engage every veteran experiencing homelessness and focus outreach efforts on achieving housing outcomes;
Targeting rapid rehousing interventions, including those made possible through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, toward veterans and their families who need shorter-term rental subsidies and services in order to be reintegrated back into our communities;
Leveraging housing and services resources that can help veterans who are ineligible for some of the VA’s programs get into stable housing;
Increasing early detection and access to preventive services so at?risk veterans and their families remain stably housed; and
Closely monitoring progress toward the goal, including the success of programs achieving permanent housing outcomes.
Following the announcement, the White House convened a panel of experts and Mayors to talk about the work already underway to end Veteran homelessness. The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) highlighted Houston’s success in ending Veteran homelessness. The Mayor, nonprofit organizations and CSH staff are partnering to implement their plan that includes coordinated access and supportive housing, Houston has housed 2,200 Veterans in just two years.
Read more about this effort and today’s announcement in The Pipeline.