Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:53pm
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin today joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Madison by the end of 2015. With today’s announcement of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Madison joins a growing number of communities across the country making the pledge.
"Veteran homelessness is not an intractable social problem that can’t be solved," said Mayor Soglin. "By focusing our resources and renewing our communities’ commitment to this issue, we can end veteran homelessness in our city and our country. I’m proud to join Mayors across the country as we work toward the important goal of honoring the service of our veterans by making sure all of them have a home to call their own."
Madison will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the National League of Cities to leverage federal resources and develop a local strategy to make sure every veteran in the community has access to stable housing and the supportive services they need to stay off the street.
Since 2010, when the Federal government launched Opening Doors, a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, there has been a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans. This reduction has been achieved through a partnership between the Obama Administration, local governments, non-profits, and the private sector. Through this final push to leverage momentum and strengthen our commitment, the goal of ending veteran homelessness in America is within reach.
To learn more about resources for local veterans experiencing homelessness, visit https://www.onecpd.info/homelessness-assistance/resources-for-homeless-veterans/.Contacts:
- Katie Crawley, Mayor's Office, 608-266-4611