The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness came from First Lady Michelle Obama and now Maio-Messano is working to make this challenge happen in New Jersey at the local level and end veterans’ homelessness by 2015. Not all homeless veterans are individuals some also have families and this initiative addresses both populations.
“The first thing is to make sure every veteran has a room over their head. And the second thing is to sustain that residency” which may mean assistance with employment, training, mental health and other health issues.
Maio-Messano commended those New Jersey mayors who were early leaders in joining the Challenge and discussed why the role of mayors is so critical in this initiative. She urges:
“More mayors to get involved, get on board with the program. Mayors are the ones on the front lines who have a vision for the city.”
Currently, only six NJ Mayors have joined the campaign. They are:
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.