Nov. 12, 2013
Mayor Greg Stanton and the Phoenix City Council today voted to approve new funds that will help put a roof over the head of every chronically homeless veteran in our community by Christmas.
The vote to approve $100,000 toward tackling the homelessness epidemic among our veterans will provide bridge and permanent housing for the city’s 56 remaining chronically homeless veterans. Since becoming mayor, Stanton has worked with Project H3 VETS to put Phoenix on track to become the first city in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for our city and our many partners who have worked tirelessly to see to it that our veterans have a place to live and call home,” Stanton said. “With the approval of these funds, we will not leave anyone who has served our country behind.”
“Ending homelessness among our veterans is a critical priority for the city of Phoenix. Momentum over the past few years has been incredible, and Mayor Stanton’s plan to leverage city resources with the support of our community partners is a huge step in the right direction,” said Councilman Tom Simplot. “I hope to see the inclusion of the LGBT community as we assess future needs and expand programs even further.”
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.
To date, the collaborative effort with Project H3 VETS has reduced the number of chronically homeless veterans in Phoenix by 62 percent in two years.