Phoenix Says It Has Ended Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

by Rachel Baker on December 24, 2013

This is an incredible and wonderful feel good story for the holidays. Though it has nothing to do with making craft projects, I thought I’d share the story anyway! As a veteran, I am so happy to hear about this. There are several other cities using the same model that Phoenix has used. I hope its sustainable, and they are forever successful!

Phoenix says it eradicated chronic veteran homelessness Wednesday.

Three years ago a state coalition aimed at ending chronic homelessness among veterans identified 222 living in Phoenix. As of early November, 56 remained, but a $100,000 allocation of funds enabled the city to house them all as of mid-week, winning what the mayor’s office described as a friendly competition with Utah’s Salt Lake City to become the first U.S. city to do so.

“Phoenix can take its place as role model city for gratitude and care towards veterans,” Stanton said in a release.

Phoenix’s push was part of a broader national campaign. President Obama has pushed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015, a goal that officials say they are on their way to achieving.

“We are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among Veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a late-November statement.

Since 2010, veteran homelessness has declined by 24 percent nationally, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. But a single-night count from January suggests that there are still somewhere around 57,849 homeless veterans nationwide. Just under 8 percent were women.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/12/20/phoenix-says-its-the-first-city-to-end-chronic-homelessness-among-veterans/

Originally posted on The Local News: http://www.the-local-news.us/news/phoenix-says-it-has-ended-chronic-homelessness-among-veterans/

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