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Michelle Obama Kicks Off Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

On June 4, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, urging local leaders to pursue the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. Joined by officials from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Dept. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the First Lady called on mayors from across the nation to compete to see which cities and towns could be among the first to bring an end to veteran homelessness in their communities. 

The First Lady, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, VA Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson and USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger highlighted successful models, including Housing First, HUD-VASH and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Noting that much work has already been done to reduce homelessness among veterans, the First Lady called upon local leaders to take up the challenge. 

In Connecticut, Governor Daniel P. Malloy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp have signed on to the challenge. In addition, the Reaching Home Campaign’s Veterans Workgroup has embraced the goal of ending homelessness among veterans in Connecticut by 2015 using the Opening Doors-CT framework

Click here to read more about the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness on HUD’s website.

Click here for HUD’s press release. 

Click here to visit the USICH website to learn more. 



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