Virginia Three Cities Announce End to Veteran Homelessness

first_imgVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday declared that his state has become the first to meet the federal definition of eliminating homelessness among military veterans.McAuliffe’s declaration means Virginia has no homeless veterans with the exception of those who have been offered housing but do not want it, reported the Washington Post. To meet the federal threshold, the state must find a home for a veteran within 90 days and have more homes available than the number of veterans identified as having no place to live.Julián Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), joined McAuliffe in Richmond for the Veterans Day announcement, and praised the state for its accomplishment. Three other states recently said they are on track to end veteran homelessness shortly — Connecticut, New Mexico and Rhode Island.In his Veterans Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama highlighted Virginia’s achievement along with three cities that recently met the criteria for ending veteran homelessness — Las Vegas, Syracuse, N.Y., and Schenectady, N.Y.Those local efforts point to a broader effort among states and cities across the nation to get veterans off the streets. Veteran homelessness nationwide dropped by 36 percent from 2010 to January 2015, and unsheltered homelessness declined by nearly 50 percent, according to the White House. Those results are from the 2015 point-in-time count of homelessness across the country, which will be released next week by HUD.The administration had set a goal to end all veteran homelessness by the end of the year. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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