First Lady Lauds New Orleans for Ending Veteran Homelessness

Housing Veterans Within 30 Days

First Lady Lauds New Orleans for Ending Veteran HomelessnessAt an event in New Orleans on Monday, April 20, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama praised the city for achieving the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of last year, more than a year ahead of the national goal.

The appearance was part of the “Joining Forces” initiative, a national initiative launched by the First Lady and Biden to rally support for service members, veterans, and their families. This month Joining Forces is celebrating its 4th Anniversary.

Although the goal is to end veterans homelessness by the end of this year, New Orleans achieved it a year early.

“And with the whole city behind this effort, in January, you knocked that goal right out of the park.”

She said at the event, where Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Dr. Jill Biden joined her.

“Generations of veterans have fallen through the cracks and as a country, we seem to resign ourselves to a reluctant acceptance of this reality. When we have tens of thousands of veterans who don’t have somewhere to go when it rains that is a stain on our nation. I think we can all agree that when our veterans risk their lives for this country and come home kissing the ground, none of them should ever have to sleep on it.”

Obama said.

The First Lady highlighted the success stories of formerly homeless veterans who now live in their own working and living with their families in their own homes.

“The Landrieu administration achieved its goal by bringing together a coalition of federal, state, and local agencies, along with nonprofits such as Unity of Greater New Orleans, private companies and faith-based organizations. Together, they created a rapid response system that can provide permanent housing and supportive services to veterans within an average of 30 days.”

The Times-Picayune reported.

Click here for coverage of the event from the Times-Picayune.

Click here for the First Lady’s remarks.