Virginia is the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness
RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been certified as the first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial alongside U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, McAuliffe declared that Virginia has housed 1,432 homeless veterans since October 2014.
“On a day when we remember those who fought and died for our nation, I am proud to proclaim that Virginia is leading the way in the fight to end veteran homelessness,” McAuliffe said. “This is an important victory in our ongoing efforts to make our commonwealth the best place on earth for veterans to live, work and raise a family. However, we must remain committed to keeping homelessness among veterans, and, all Virginians, rare, brief and non-recurring. This successful effort will serve as the launching pad for our next goal of functionally ending chronic homelessness among all Virginians by the end of 2017.”
The announcement is the culmination of efforts that began when the governor committed Virginia to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in June 2014 and pledged to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
Since signing on, 20 mayors and county chairs throughout the state have publicly declared their commitment to achieving the goals of the Mayor’s Challenge, and communities throughout Virginia have successfully housed veterans through two consecutive 100 Day Challenges in partnership with Community Solutions and the Rapid Results Institute.