Nov. 11, 2013
Phoenix Poised to Become First U.S. City to End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans
Mayor Greg Stanton said today that Phoenix continues to make incredible progress to end chronic homelessness among our veteran community – so much so that every current chronically homeless vet will be in permanent or transitional housing by Christmas.
Stanton was joined by Project H3 VETS and U.S. Sen. John McCain when he made the announcement at veterans’ community this afternoon.
“Phoenix should be proud that we’re on track to put a roof over the head of every chronically homeless veteran in our community,” said Stanton. “This is a team effort – and could not have happened without many organizations and scores of people dedicating themselves to this important mission. No person should have to sleep on the street, especially those who have worn the uniform and served our country.”
Stanton and Project H3 VETS have joined forces to tackle the chronic homelessness epidemic among the local veteran community. By coordinating the efforts of several veterans-focused organizations and securing necessary funds, they have reduced chronic homelessness among veterans by 62 percent since the project launch two years ago. Only 56 chronically homeless veterans remain on Phoenix streets.
Phoenix was on track to become the first cities in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans in February – and is in a friendly competition with Salt Lake City to become the first U.S. city to accomplish the feat. Stanton praised Salt Lake City’s encouragement, and said he looks to others joining the two cities to bring veterans home.
The accelerated timeline to end the epidemic – and make sure every chronically homeless veteran is in transitional housing by Christmas – is possible because of additional funds the City Council is expected to approve tomorrow.
“This Veterans Day, I am proud to join Mayor Stanton, Project H3 VETS, our veterans, and all those whose dedication and diligence will help Phoenix end chronic homelessness among our city’s veterans,” said Sen. John McCain.
“This is an achievement all Arizonans should be very proud of. America’s veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our security and freedom; this helping-hand will help them live productively and with the dignity they want and deserve.”
“Phoenix is committed to doing what’s right for those who served, and I’m incredibly proud of how our community has joined together to become the first city in the country to end chronic homelessness among our veterans,” said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. “Tomorrow, we’ll take the action necessary to make sure every chronically homeless veteran is in bridge housing by the holidays.”
“It’s great to see the level of cooperation and collaboration in our City around ending chronic homelessness among veterans,” said Joan Serviss, executive director of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness. “By working together in a coordinated fashion, we are confident our Veterans will be celebrating the holidays in safe and secure housing.”
Project H3 VETS is a partnership of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Arizona Department of Veteran Services, Arizona Department of Housing, Valley of the Sun United Way, Community Bridges, City of Phoenix and others.
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