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Ending Veteran Homelessness

A Community by Community Tally

VA is committed to ending Veteran homelessness, community by community. Our work in collaboration with large and small localities proves that—through their leadership, cooperation and evidence-based practices—it’s possible to ensure that every Veteran has a home.

As communities around the country rack up wins in ending Veteran homelessness, VA is tracking their successes. Using new guidelines developed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and VA, states and localities are now able to get precise information about their progress in ending Veteran homelessness.

Communities use the guidelines to turn out hyper-local estimates of the systemic end to homelessness among Veterans. The information adds to the picture provided by HUD’s national Point-in-Time Count “snapshot” of homelessness on a given night in January and other data-collection efforts. The tools allow communities to track steps involved in moving a Veteran from homelessness to permanent housing, such as identifying every Veteran by name, locating permanent housing options and scheduling move-in dates.

Based on these guidelines, the following jurisdictions have announced an end to Veteran homelessness as of May 10, 2017. In total, three states and 42 communities have announced an end to Veteran homelessness.

StatesCities/Counties By State

Connecticut

Delaware

Virginia

AL: Mobile

CA: Riverside

FL: Flagler County, Fort Myers/Lee County, Orlando/Central Florida (ended chronic homelessness), Punta Gorda/Charlotte County, Volusia County/Daytona Beach

IA: Des Moines

IL: Rockford

GA: DeKalb County

LA: New Orleans, Shreveport, Terrebonne Parish

MA: Boston (ended chronic homelessness), Lynn

MD: Montgomery County

MS: Gulfport/Gulf Coast Regional Continuum of Care (Biloxi/Gulfport), Hattiesburg 

MN: Southwest Minnesota CoC (MN-511)

NC: Cumberland County/Fayetteville, Winston-Salem

NH: Nashua

NJ: Bergen County, Middlesex County

NM: Las Cruces, Santa Fe

NV: Las Vegas

NY: Albany, Buffalo/Western New York, Long Island, New York City (ended chronic homelessness), Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Syracuse, Troy

OH: Dayton/Montgomery County

OR: Gresham, Multnomah County, Portland

PA: Lancaster City and County, Philadelphia, Reading/Berks County

TN: Chattanooga

TX: Houston, San Antonio, Austin

Here’s what national, state and local leaders are saying about these successes:

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition's CEO, Angela Hogan, Mar. 30, 2017
"We have made homelessness in our community rare, brief and non-reoccurring."

Nashua, NH Mayor Jim Donchess, Mar. 24, 2017
“The Nashua community takes care of our people, and the elimination of Veteran homelessness is an example of that caretaking.”

Minnesota State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, Cathy ten Broeke, Mar. 23, 2017
"[W]hat has been so powerful about the work of ending Veteran homelessness, and the reason we're actually seeing the end of it here in Minnesota and other places around the country, is that they set this goal at the federal level, and it was a bipartisan goal."

Chattanooga, TN Mayor Andy Berke, Feb. 9, 2017
“Veterans who have served our country should not ... be forced to sleep in parking garages, shelters, cars, or on street corners—unfortunately, that is a reality in too many cities across the country. But over the last two years, Chattanoogans have banded together to say ‘Not in our city’.”

Shreveport, LA Mayor Ollie Tyler, Jan. 5, 2017
“It is my prayer that all that we accomplish in working to eradicate homelessness for Veterans, would be transformational in their lives and allow them to transition into society as productive citizens who enjoy a good quality of life.”

Hales, Multnomah County Chair, Deborah Kafoury, Dec. 10, 2016
“This is what it looks like when a community comes together to get things done. We can change lives.”

Portland, OR Mayor Charlie Hales, Dec. 10, 2016
“I’m proud today, that Portland is the first West Coast city to receive official designation in meeting the ... Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. This would not have been possible without our government, nonprofit, faith and private sector partners’ complete dedication to this work. With continued commitment, I know our community can reach our goal to provide permanent, affordable housing to every Portlander who needs it.”

DeKalb County iCEO, Lee May, Dec. 9, 2016
“If you are a veteran in DeKalb County and need a place to live, we will help you.”

Dayton, OH Mayor Nan Whaley, Nov. 28, 2016
“Together, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, and our community partners have worked to ensure that every veteran has access to permanent housing. Targeted collaboration among our partners has streamlined a community process that ensures that any veteran in the Dayton community, who needs assistance, receives a rapid connection to housing resources.”

Governor’s Weekly Message: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware, Nov. 16, 2016
"Even one homeless veteran is one too many. That’s why this week I was thrilled to announce that – after more than a year’s work with our local, state and federal partners – we have effectively ended veteran homelessness in our state. Thank you to everyone who has made it possible to get our veterans the help they need and deserve. Showing them the same level of commitment they made to our country will help keep Delaware moving forward.”

Middlesex County, NJ Middlesex County Freeholder Director, Ronald G. Rios, Nov. 4, 2016
“This is the story of many hands and heads working together to achieve a common goal. I thank and commend our County staff and our community partners for sharing my passion and my vision for ending Veterans Homelessness. We did it. And we did it together.”

Volusia County/Daytona Beach, FL Executive Director of the Office on Homelessness with Florida Department of Children and Families, Erik Braun, Nov. 4, 2016
“All cities in Volusia County need to come together and collaborate with the county…If you rapidly house people…we see stability over the long term. About 85 percent don't return to homelessness.”

Buffalo, NY Mayor Byron Brown, Nov. 4, 2016
“We accepted that challenge, we delivered, and I can announce proudly today that we have essentially ended veteran homelessness in our community.”

Adviser to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness, Laila Bernstein, Oct. 5, 2016
“In most cases, folks who've been homeless make tremendous tenants. They're very grateful for the housing and they take care of their apartments very well.”

Orlando, FL Mayor Buddy Dyer, Sept. 23, 2016
“It’s important that we reflect on victories when we have them and our victory on effectively reaching the end of chronic Veteran homelessness ... is a cause for celebration.”

Austin (Texas) Mayor Steve Adler, Aug. 19, 2016
“We got to this community win today in a classic Austin way. We were innovative, creative and determined. There was great work already being done when this initiative started, but these efforts weren’t quite getting the job done all the way. We needed a new way, new partners, and a wider and renewed commitment.”

Bergen County Executive, James J. Tedesco III, Aug. 4, 2016
“The men and women who have so bravely served our country deserve more than just our deepest gratitude. They deserve to live securely and prosperously in our communities. That security starts with a roof over their heads.”

Nassau County (Long Island) Executive Edward P. Mangano, July 15, 2016
“Along with my partners in government, we have ensured that every homeless Veteran seeking shelter on Long Island has been housed, and that any Veteran or active-duty military personnel who may be in need in the future will receive immediate shelter.”

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Mayor Johnny DuPree, June 15, 2016
“Our community is one that stands with one another, especially those who sacrifice their lives for the very freedoms we enjoy today.”

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, President Gordon Dove, June 3, 2016
“This is an important victory in our ongoing efforts to make our Parish the best place for veterans to live, work and raise a family. However, we must remain committed to keeping homelessness among veterans rare, brief and non-recurring.”

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren, May 18, 2016
“Our Veterans fought for us, and now it's time to fight for them.”

San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, May 13, 2016
“In January 2015, I pledged my commitment to the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. Together, the City of San Antonio, our business sector led by USAA, and our non-profit partners have achieved the goal of effectively ending veteran homelessness in our community.”

Lynn, MA Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Mar. 17, 2016
“We embrace our responsibility to provide our Veterans with the services and supports they need, with housing at the top of that list.”

Supervisor for Central Iowa’s Department of Veteran Affairs, Jennifer Miner, Mar. 17, 2016
“Any veteran who is experiencing or is at risk of homelessness in Des Moines and Polk County has access to a safety net of resources and services.”

Executive director of the Berks Coalition, Sharon Parker, Feb. 18, 2016
“We work[ed] really hard to achieve this goal.”

Fayetteville, NC Mayor Nat Robertson, Jan. 16, 2016
“You need someplace to brush your teeth and clean your clothes and bathe, so you can look presentable when you’re out interviewing for a job.”

Riverside, CA Mayor Rusty Bailey, Jan. 7, 2016
“I am so proud of our City staff and immensely grateful for their efforts in combating homelessness among Veterans in Riverside.”

Biloxi, Mississippi, Mayor Andrew Gilich, Dec. 31, 2015
“This effort has been a team effort. Biloxi and Gulfport are receiving this designation because of strong partnerships with the Biloxi Veterans Administration, the Biloxi Housing Authority, the Mississippi Housing Authority Region VIII in Gulfport, and community partners that include Oak Arbor, Hancock Resource Center, and Voices of Calvary Ministries who have received federal funds to assist veterans and their families across the Coast.”

Gulfport, Mississippi, Mayor Billy Hewes, Dec. 31, 2015
“As the lead agency for the Harrison County HOME Consortium, Gulfport has partnered with Biloxi, Back Bay Mission and Gulf Coast Housing Initiative in the construction of eight new apartments designated for our veterans. This benchmark for veterans is crucial, however, we must build on this work to create solutions for the overall problem and causes of homelessness which persists in our communities.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Dec. 30, 2015
“The brave women and men who valiantly protected our nation abroad should never be left without a home. Today, we have ensured that those in the veteran community who have struggled to find and remain in housing time and time again will have a stable place to call home. I’m grateful to the city agencies, federal partners and the City Council, who all worked tirelessly together to make this pledge a reality.”

Albany, New York, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dec. 22, 2015
“We are proud of this recognition and the work we have done, yet we know that our efforts to end homelessness among veterans will continue in the days and years ahead. We are resolved to make sure that homelessness among veterans will remain infrequent and short-lived.”

Montgomery County, Maryland, Councilman George Leventhal, Dec. 18, 2015  
“Montgomery County now has a coordinated and efficient system, which has been developed with our community partners to ensure that every veteran in our County has access to the supports needed to move quickly from homelessness to permanent housing.  Providing a stable home for our veterans is simply the right thing to do for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.” 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Dec. 17, 2015
“Too often, veterans find themselves struggling with issues like homelessness and poverty and that is a shame. For those who gave so much of themselves to this Nation, there is no reason why they should be left out in the cold. Today, I am happy to report that homelessness among veterans in Philadelphia is now rare, brief and non-recurring. In other words, Philadelphia has effectively ended veteran homelessness for those who want a home.”

Rockford, IL Mayor Larry Morrissey, Dec. 15, 2015
“Every Veteran has a name. Every person has a story. When we make their story part of our story and our life and our work, we’re able to get people housed, we’re able to manage that list, we’re able to make the connections to solve that problem.”

Chief of Social Work Service at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Josh Brown, Dec. 8, 2015
“I’m excited that the [mayors] have supported and stood behind this, and as a community, we all can achieve this. Does that mean that we still have some work to do down the road? Absolutely.”

Santa Fe, NM Mayor Javier M. Gonzales, Nov. 12, 2015
“The problem of Veteran homelessness has been a shadow hanging over our country and our community for far too long. But we can finally say that, working with this coalition, we have built a collaborative system that within 30 days will enable us to house the few remaining homeless Veterans in Santa Fe, and, moving forward, any Veteran who becomes homeless in the future will be housed within 30 days.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Nov. 11, 2015 (Veterans Day)
“On a day when we remember those who fought and died for our nation, I am proud to proclaim that Virginia is leading the way in the fight to end veteran homelessness. This is an important victory in our ongoing efforts to make our Commonwealth the best place on earth for veterans to live, work and raise a family. However, we must remain committed to keeping homelessness among veterans, and, all Virginians, rare, brief and non-recurring. This successful effort will serve as the launching pad for our next goal of functionally ending chronic homelessness among all Virginians by the end of 2017.”

Schenectady, NY Mayor Gary McCarthy, Nov. 11, 2015 (Veterans Day)
“It’s the nature of it where you have to go through each individual and see what their unique features are and then work through issues like housing, drugs and mental health problems.”

Syracuse, NY Mayor Stephanie Miner, Nov. 11, 2015 (Veterans Day)
“It means we have a process put in place to identify and find services for Veterans to make sure they are not homeless, or slip into homelessness.”

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mayor Allen Joines, Oct. 27, 2015
“Achieving this milestone is a testimony to the hard work of the people and organizations that have been working tirelessly to house our homeless veterans. Given this success, I have no doubt that we will succeed in meeting our ultimate goal of ending chronic homelessness for all in our community.”

Troy, New York, Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Sept. 26, 2015
“Providing homeless veterans a path to proper housing opportunities is a fulfillment of a responsibility to those who answered the call to defend our freedoms. I am incredibly proud of the effort undertaken by our city and our community partners in assisting veterans here in the City of Troy and I look forward to our continued efforts to provide these important services to those who served our country.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Aug. 27, 2015
“We established this bold goal to end homelessness among our veterans, not because it’s good for our economy and makes communities stronger, but because it’s morally right. Ending chronic veteran homelessness is just another step forward and another marker of progress towards reaching our goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of this year.”

Saratoga Springs, NY Mayor Joanne Yepsen, July 29, 2015
“Our pledge is that if a Veteran presents as homeless, they do not spend a single night on the street.”

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, July 2015
“Ending veteran homelessness is important for one simple reason: Veterans fought for our freedom and our way of life, and it is now our turn to fight for them.”

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, June 1, 2015
“Houston is there for our heroes, and just like on the battlefield, we will leave no one behind. From regular provider coordination meetings and aligning local and federal resources, to dedicated street outreach teams and a coordinated assessment system that identifies, assesses, refers and navigates homeless veterans to housing, the Houston region has come together as a team to transform our homeless response system to effectively end veteran homelessness.” 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Jan. 7, 2015
“New Orleans is now the first major city in the nation to answer the call ... to end Veteran homelessness—and we did so one year earlier than the federal goal. We owe our Veterans our eternal gratitude for their service and sacrifice to this nation, and making sure they have a place to call home is a small but powerful way we can show our appreciation.”

Check back often for new announcements on the end to Veteran homelessness, community by community.

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