Interagency and Cross-Cutting Initiatives to End and Prevent Veteran Homelessness
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The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness was launched on June 4, 2014, by a compelling call to action by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the Joining Forces initiative. Bolstered by an initial commitment from 77 mayors, four governors and four county officials to end Veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015, the First Lady pressed the moral imperative to aid our Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Public officials have stepped up to join this worthy cause. As a part of the Challenge, mayors and other state and local leaders are working to leverage federal, local and nonprofit efforts to end Veteran homelessness in their respective communities. Through these efforts, communities are aggressively working to quickly connect homeless and at risk Veterans to the help they need to achieve housing stability.
Ending homelessness among Veterans is a national effort that requires the support of a variety of public and private organizations and agencies at all levels of government. The Mayors Challenge is helping to generate public awareness and attention by increasing learning and information-sharing among stakeholder organizations and communities and by inspiring even greater progress, locally and nationally. The public commitments of mayors are helping to galvanize local efforts and foster more purposeful coordination of resources and strategies for the good of Veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness.
To date, more than 255 cities, counties and states have pledged to end veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015 using the power of federal, state, local, and non-profit resources.
Find the latest information on recent commitments and progress made by visiting the HUD Mayors Challenge portal.
To publicly commit to ending Veteran homelessness in your community, and to learn more about joining the Mayors Challenge, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and visit http://bit.ly/mayorschallenge.