WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer on Tuesday said he was joining First Lady Michelle Obama and other mayors in a nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness. His goal is to eliminate it in Wichita by the end of 2015, joining a growing number of communities across the country in making the pledge.
“Veteran homelessness is not an intractable social problem that can’t be solved,” Brewer said. “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.”
During Tuesday’s Wichita City Council meeting, Brewer thanked the City’s Housing & Community Services Department for helping veterans find homes and jobs.
He said Wichita 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.
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