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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

June 04, 2014

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First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness announced today the creation of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness during an event at the White House.  More than 75 mayors and county and state officials across the country pledged they are committed to ending veterans homelessness in their communities by 2015 using the power of federal, local, and non-profit resources.

“With Opening Doors, the first-ever federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, this Administration made ending Veteran homelessness a national priority. The progress we’ve made has put this goal in close reach,” said Laura Zeilinger, Executive Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “Now is the time to act with greater urgency and resolve. We call on every mayor and local leader to convene community partners, focus efforts on outcomes and instill relentless accountability to deliver on this commitment for every single one of our Veterans.”

The Obama Administration has already reduced veterans homelessness by 24 percent since 2010 and ending veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 is within reach, but we must continue to accelerate our progress to reach the ultimate goal.  The successes of ending chronic homelessness among Veterans in Salt Lake City and Phoenix have raised the profile of ending Veteran homelessness and prove that with buy-in from local officials and community partners, ending Veteran homelessness is an achievable goal.

Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have led the Joining Forces initiative’s efforts to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.  Find out ways you can get involved in local efforts to end Veteran homelessness in your own community.

Read the White House Fact Sheet on the Mayors Challange to End Homelessness

Read the Press Release from HUD.

Read Transcripts of First Lady's Remarks.