Michelle Obama: Ending Veterans Homelessness is About People

In America, We Take Care of Our Own
Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

Michelle ObamaOn July 31, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed an audience of over 1,700 attendees at the National Alliance’s Annual Conference.

Focusing on ending veteran’s homelessness and the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness the First Lady opened with:

“Here in America, we take care of our own. When a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should have to sleep on it.”

“Ending veterans homelessness can be a first step in proving that we can end homelessness.”

Said the First Lady.

If the federal commitment to ending veteran’s homelessness can be expanded to all homelessness, we can see a future without homelessness.

In New Jersey, Community Hope recently provided a snapshot of veteran’s homelessness in part of New Jersey. Between October 1, 2013 and June 13, 2014, Community Hope:

  • Served 389 homeless veterans across the state; and
  • Screened 343 veteran families who were ineligible for our services.

Community Hope serves the following counties: Monmouth, Mercer, Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Middlesex, Union, Somerset, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Bergen.

“In the end, ending veterans homelessness is about people. It’s about connecting people to each other and the resources they need.”

Said First Lady.

Hopefully everyone who heard her message at the conference will take home with them a renewed commitment to ending homelessness. We need to work together to get every Mayor and County Executive in NJ to support the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.

Click here for an overview of the Mayor’s Challenge initiative.

Click here for more information specifically for Mayors and Staff.