Pennsylvania is making huge strides in the effort to end veteran homelessness.
Friday, “Governor Tom Wolf, along with Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, announced that more than 2,200 homeless veterans have been placed in permanent housing in the past year.”
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Integrated Service Network Homeless Coordinator tracked and confirmed that 2,260 veterans were no longer homeless as of July 31, 2016.
In June of 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. The initiative’s goal was to motivate local political leaders to communicate with one another in order to construct strategies to combat the veteran homelessness problem in Pennsylvania. According to Governor Wolf’s office, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that there were approximately 1,400 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania in 2015.
“If we want to end veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania, we must continue to ensure that the programs and systems are in place so that future homeless episodes will be rare, brief and non-recurring,” said Brig. Gen. Carrelli.