Houston Effectively Ends Veterans Homelessness

Joins New Orleans in Meeting Mayors
Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Mayor of Houston Annise ParkerOn June 1, 2015, Mayor of Houston Annise Parker announced that her city had effectively ended veteran homelessness. The fourth largest city in the United States with a veteran population of around 300,000, Houston is the largest city to announce such an achievement.

Houston joins New Orleans, which announced this year that it had ended veteran homelessness, and Salt Lake City and Phoenix, which have announced ending chronic veteran homelessness.

Mayor Parker is among the 460 mayors around the country who have accepted First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, an initiative that calls on mayors and local leaders to commit to ending veteran homelessness in their cities in 2015. In Houston, 35 local agencies collaborated to house 3,650 homeless veterans in a span of three years.

“Too often those that answered the call of service still find themselves struggling long after leaving the military. Houston is there for our heroes, and just like on the battlefield, we will leave no one behind.”

Said Mayor Parker.

Click here for a list of New Jersey cities that have accepted the Mayors Challenge.

Click here for a full press release.