• Mayors’ Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

    Twelve Monterey county mayors have expressed their commitment to try to end veteran homelessness in the community by the end of this calendar year.

    As part of the nationwide Joining Forces initiative, Monterey County mayors are answering the call of First Lady Michelle Obama and joining a growing coalition of mayors, governors, and county officials who are committed to ending veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015.

    The mayors represent Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside and Soledad.

    “Through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, we will partner with our fellow cities, County offices, our local Continuum of Care, veterans groups and other non-profits to do what we can, when we can, to put an end to veteran homelessness in this county,” said Mayor Ralph Rubio of Seaside, chair of the Monterey County Mayors Association.

    Over the last 3 years, the Obama Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Veterans Administration have partnered with states and communities across the country to achieve a 24 percent decrease in homelessness among Veterans. Several communities, such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Houston, and New Orleans are already on track to meet or beat this goal.   Ending veteran homelessness means having no veterans sleeping on our streets and every veteran has access to permanent housing.

    As part of the Challenge, local mayors, their staffs, and councils are working with the community to examine options and initiatives to assist homeless veterans and those veterans at risk of being homeless. Goals are to try and find permanent housing and to re-house veterans who have lost housing as soon as possible. To aid the mayors in pursuit of the goal of ending homelessness among veterans, the Federal government has provided resources and enforced programs to strengthen our country’s homeless assistance programs.

    Mayor Rubio called on local leaders and citizens to join this effort, and added, “Monterey County has a proud military heritage and is the home to tens of thousands of retired veterans and their families.   We owe it those veterans who have sacrificed so much to help our nation.   We are proud to serve those deserving veterans who served our country so well.   We pledge to ‘Never Leave a Veteran Behind!’”


    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 10, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News


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