Guardian, Reiman, Lucas, and Torres Join Mayors Challenge

Encourage Your Local Leaders to
Join the Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

Michelle ObamaAtlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Carteret Mayor Dan Remain, Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca, and Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres have joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

These four mayors join Hoboken City Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and 157 other mayors, five governors and five county executives across the country who showed their early leadership in joining the Challenge.

Can you help NJ meet the challenge? To accept the challenge a Mayor or County Executive or Freeholder needs to send an email to HUD committing to work to end veterans homelessness by 2015.

The administration has set the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. And the federal government has provided resources and enforced programs to strengthen our country’s homeless assistance programs.

In a recent Star-Ledger Op-Ed – Let’s make sure all NJ veterans have homes by 2015Holly M. Leicht and Maria Maio-Messano made the case for more mayors to support Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness.

“Homelessness is a chronic problem in the United States and its eradication is a top priority of the Obama administration. Unfortunately, there are few better examples of this growing crisis than the situation here in New Jersey, where homelessness increased nearly 16 percent between 2013 and 2014. Fortunately, what we know is that we can’t solve this problem from the top down — it requires the dedicated partnership of local governments.”

Wrote Leight and Maio-Messano.

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