Interagency and Cross-Cutting Initiatives to End and Prevent Veteran Homelessness
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Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, issued by first lady Michelle Obama in June 2014, is an interagency initiative that calls on cities, counties and states to commit to ending and preventing homelessness among Veterans in their communities.
To date, hundreds of mayors, county representatives and governors have accepted the challenge, which has added renewed urgency to local multidisciplinary actions to identify Veterans in need and connect them to housing and related supportive services.
Officials are leveraging federal funding for effective programs, proven practices and service-gap-filling partnerships to aggressively connect homeless and at-risk Veterans to the help they need to become permanently housed.
The public commitments of government officials are galvanizing local efforts and fostering implementation of proven practices that are reducing—and ending—Veteran homelessness in community after community. These proven practices include:
The community-by-community progress to date proves that setting concrete, ambitious goals through initiatives like the Mayors Challenge are pushing systems and partners at every level to redouble efforts to make sure all Veterans have a permanent home.
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