Can We End Veteran Homelessness? New Orleans Did!
As of this time last year, there were some 50,000 homeless veterans across this country. With those numbers in mind, some 300 mayors, 6 governors, and 71 other local officials around the country committed themselves and their local constituencies to find housing for all homeless veterans by the end of 2015. At the beginning of 2014, New Orleans identified some 193 homeless veterans in the city. Another 35 were identified over the course of the year.
By the end of 2014, New Orleans had housed 277 homeless veterans, essentially eliminating the problem for the veteran population in their city. The last known homeless veteran in the area was placed in his new digs on Jan. 2, 2015, bringing the total number housed to 278. By doing so, New Orleans became the first entity in the country to accomplish the goal of housing all of its homeless veterans. This is a real ray of hope for homeless veterans and homelessness in general.