• Louisville Mayor Prescribes Comprehensive Plan to End Veteran Homelessness0

    Louisville, Ky., is in the midst of a far-reaching effort to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Fifteen local agencies already have raised $10 million for the initiative, which calls for substance abuse counseling, debt management, funding for housing needs and many other services to help homeless veterans get back on their feet, reported WDRB. Mayor Greg Fischer believes the effort will find permanent housing for 360 homeless veterans. The initiative, Rx: Housing Veterans, is part of the national campaign to end veteran homelessness called Zero 2016. “It’s not just a hand-out but a hand-up to a better quality of life, a better way of life and you know what? It’s just the right thing to do,” said Kentucky Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry. “They served us; it’s time for us to serve them.”

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  • New Orleans Goes Extra Step in Ending Veteran Homelessness0

    New Orleans has ended veteran homelessness altogether, going a step beyond other major cities that have only ended chronic homelessness among veterans, according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Last July, Landrieu pledged that the city would find homes for all veterans living on the streets, a figure estimated at 193, reported the Independent. Last week, the mayor announced the city had found housing for 227 homeless veterans. More than 300 local, county and state officials have joined a White House initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, with several already declaring victory, including Phoenix and Salt Lake City …

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  • Persistence Needed in Battle against Veteran Homelessness0

    The federal government has made significant strides in tackling veteran homelessness, but reaching President Obama’s goal of completely eradicating the problem is still years away, according to testimony last week by veterans service providers. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.),chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned the rationale for having more than 20 programs designed to take homeless veterans off the streets and provide them with housing, health care and employment assistance, reported Stars and Stripes. The programs are not duplicative in many cases since homeless veterans have diverse needs, said Baylee Crone, executive director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans …

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  • D.C. Breaks Ground on Innovative Model for Meeting Homeless Veterans’ Needs0

    Officials from the Department of Housing and Development and the District of Columbia held a groundbreaking this week for an affordable housing development that will benefit homeless veterans beyond providing them a place to live. The $33 million, 124-unit apartment building will set aside 60 units for homeless veterans. In addition, the building in Northeast Washington allows case managers and social workers to work onsite with veterans in tandem with the local VA Medical Center, reports Government Executive. The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, funded through a mix of public and private support, follows the Housing First model for addressing homelessness. The approach calls for providing the homeless stable housing first, and then offering a variety of support services.

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  • Congress Needs to Preserve, Expand Housing Aid Programs for Veterans, Report Says0

    The nation has made significant progress in ending homelessness among veterans, but the 2015 goal set by President Obama is unlikely to be met. Rental assistance from all levels of government — which now helps more than 340,000 veterans afford housing — has played a central role in the 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2014. It reaches only a fraction of veterans in need, however, and points to an effective approach for addressing veterans’ unmet housing requirements, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …

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  • Chattanooga Service Providers Gather to Support Veterans0

    Dozens of veterans service groups in Chattanooga, Tenn., provided clothes, food, dental check-ups, flus shots, haircuts and other services during Operation Veteran Outreach on Sunday. The one-day event was part of Mayor Andy Berke’s push to end veteran homelessness by December 2016, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It followed a recent initiative to count the city’s homeless residents. That effort counted 100 homeless people at 25 separate locations; about 20 percent were veterans. It’s one thing to provide services, the challenge is linking veterans with housing, according to Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition Executive Director Stephen Wright. The crux of the problem is the city lacks sufficient affordable housing, Wright told the newspaper.

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