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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