Mayor Announces End to Veteran Homelessness

Philly, we're on to something BIG....
We're ENDING Veteran Homelessness.
Are YOU #ReadyForZero?!

Mark your calendars! Thanks to an unprecedented, collaborative effort of federal, local, and non-profit partners, yesterday the Mayor announced that we expect to END Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia by THIS Veterans Day - November, 11th, 2015.
 
 
PhillyVetsHome2015, a collaboration of federal, local, and non-profit partners gathered to plan the homestretch efforts to END Veteran Homelessness in the City of Philadelphia. 
 
 
VMC's own Delvin Brinson, a formerly homeless veteran who is now employed by the VMC, shared his story of overcoming obstacles and achieving personal success with the support our programs.
Currently Delvin is a "Peer Navigator" and does outreach to homeless vets on the streets of Philadelphia.
 
 
It was a HUGE day for us at the VMC, but we still have a long road ahead to reach our goal! On behalf of our Veterans, we thank YOU for your continued support!
 
 
ONWARD!
 
-The VMC
 
P.S. Want to see more from our HOMEStretch Meeting? Check out the PhillyVetsHome Recap.
P.S.S. Interested in supporting our efforts on a sunny Sunday morning? Here's how YOU can help...

Major Funding Announcement to End Veteran Homelessness in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

Major Funding Announcement to End Veteran Homelessness in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties

 

On Monday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent joined VMC Deputy Executive Director Maura Gillen, Chester County Housing Authority Executive Director Dale Gravett, Delaware County Housing Authority Executive Director Lawrence Hartley and Montgomery County Housing Authority Executive Director Joel Johnson at VMC’s Operating Base Cecelia in Coatesville, PA for a major funding announcement of $530,226 in rental assistance.

 

This increased funding is part of an ongoing effort to end veteran homelessness. 

 

Funding Announcement

Remembering Ed Lowry

 

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you, our founder and First Executive Director, Ed Lowry, passed away Sunday night April 12, 2015.

Mr. Lowry was not only the founding father of VMC, but one of the first veteran advocates in the city of Philadelphia to bring awareness to the lack of services offered those returning from military service. We will always remember his passion and dedication to our mission.

 

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Obituary of Edward Lowry

Edward John Lowry, age 71, died on April 12, 2015 after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

Ed was born and raised in Kensington, the son of John and Alice Lowry. He attended St. Hugh parish grade school and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1962. While at North Catholic, Ed played on the school soccer team and was selected All Catholic and All Scholastic in his senior year. The team won the 1960 and 1961 Catholic League Championship. Ed was inducted into the Northeast Catholic Alumni Soccer Hall of Fame on March 29, 2015.

 

Ed volunteered for military service with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era (09/63-09/65). While in the Army he served with the 2nd Infantry Division, the 11th Air Assault Division. Ed ended his Army service in September 1965, serving with the Headquarters Battery, 77th Artillery, 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division.

 

Upon leaving the military, Ed served as a Police Officer in Philadelphia from April 1966 until October 1974. In 1980, while serving as Director of Veteran Affairs at Bucks County Community College, Ed received his Masters of Education Degree from the College of the State of New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University with a major emphasis in Psychology/Criminology/Social Pathology.

 

Ed is the founding Director of the Vietnam Veterans Multi-Service Center, known today as the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Inc. Ed has advocated on behalf of veterans for 37 years. At the time of Ed's retirement in 2012, the Center served over 65,000 homeless, disabled or unemployed veterans, providing onsite training, and placing over 12,000 of these vets in meaningful jobs.

 

Ed was one of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn's Landing dedicated to the 646 Philadelphians who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. In 2002, Ed was appointed to the national Veterans Employment and Training Committee by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao. He served on this committee for 4 years.

 

Ed lived life to the fullest and enjoyed boating, golfing, hunting and vacationing in Wildwood, NJ. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with family and his many friends.

 

Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Halligan Lowry, Two daughters: Patricia and Allison Lowry, two sons: Edward Lowry, Jr. and his wife Lisa, and Michael Lowry and his wife Jennifer. He is the beloved grandfather of 8. Anthony and Matthew Morelli, Kaeleb and Payten Lowry, Edward John III, Gabriella, Gianna, and Lia Lowry. Also survived by sisters Jacqueline Sander (George), Kathleen Streff, Patricia Addison, and brother John Lowry (Kathleen) and many nieces and nephews. Brother of the late Joan Lindsey (David).

 

Viewing will be Thursday 6-9 PM at Kirk & Nice Suburban Chapel, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 AM at Assumption BVM, 1900 Meadowbrook Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "Tim's Troop", 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208 Broomall PA 19008 . www.kirkandnicesuburban.com

 

 See more at: http://www.kirkandnicesuburban.com/tribute/details/11035/Edward_J_Lowry/obituary.html#tribute-start

Volunteers Help ChesCo Vets

Over the last few months a dozen men and women from St. Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford, Chester County have been volunteering their time at VMC “Operating Base Cecilia,” located in the former St. Cecilia School in Coatesville, PA.

“I realized that true needs are present right here in my own backyard...I don’t have to travel to foreign lands to find people in crisis” - VMC Volunteer Tim O'Malley

 

It's true! There still many Veterans that need the support of their community! Thank you to Tim and all of the volunteers from St. Cornelius Catholic Church for joining us to serve those who served!

Read the full article here.

Philadelphia Will End Veteran Homelessness by Veterans Day

PhillyVetsHome2015:
Will End Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia this Veterans Day

 

Philadelphia, PA, April 10, 2016 – By Veterans Day of this year, there should be no homeless veteran in the City of Philadelphia.

 

This is the goal of the government agencies and private non-profit organizations working together on PhillyVetsHome2015, whose objective is to achieve “functional zero” of homelessness among Philadelphia’s veterans on, or before, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

 

Representatives from these agencies and organizations will meet Thursday, April 16 to plan the “home stretch” towards this significant milestone.  There will be a press conference at 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 16 At WHYY to announce how there will be no homeless veteran in Philadelphia by November 11, 2015.

 

While this declaration does not ensure that there will never again be a homeless veteran on Philadelphia’s streets, it does mean that every veteran who has crossed our coalition’s path since August 2013 will be housed and that any veteran who is in need of assistance can easily find support to find and maintain housing.

 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined the national Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Only one city has reached the goal to date.

 

Progress towards the goal includes housing 862 homeless veterans since August 2013 and providing 560 more veterans with resources to find and maintain a home. 

 

There is an established a coalition of government agencies supporting this initiative, including the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the City of Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and non-profit agencies like the Veteran Multiservice Center, Project HOME, Impact Services Corporation, UESF, Neighborhood Housing Services (Fresh Start), Pathways to Housing PA, the State of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Mental Health Association, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.   

 

This coalition, using such resources as Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and HUD-VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing), has tried hard to meet each veteran’s needs.  The coalition maintains a “by-name” list of every homeless veteran in Philadelphia that has allowed the tracking of progress towards meeting the goal.

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Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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