Now that the City of Phoenix has housed all of its formerly homeless veterans, the The Veterans Project is leading a multidimensional effort to do the same in other communities throughout the nation. A diverse coalition of artists, activists, nonprofits, government agencies, business groups and veterans is mobilizing to make "homeless veteran" an obsolete phrase. What once seemed undoable has emerged as a realistic goal as a result of what was accomplished in Phoenix, and how that success is being emulated in Salt Lake City and elsewhere.
The 3rd Annual Downtown Los Angeles Veterans Stand Down will be held on November 15, 2014 at The Vortex the day after The Midnight Mission holds its 2nd Annual Stand Down, and on December 20-22 the largest Stand Down ever in Southern California will be presented at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In the weeks leading up to those events, dozens of community meetings will take place for the sole purpose of focusing on how to vastly reduce the number of homeless veterans. Among the innovative solutions already under consideration are veterans villages that utilize shipping containers as homes and offices. Marine veteran Rick Reyes has agreed to live temporarily in a container provided and modified by CubeDeport, and OpportunitySpace is leading the effort to obtain property.
Click here to read about the steps Phoenix took to eradicate chronic veteran homelessness. The document includes a description of the “Housing First” strategy endorsed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Follow our progress on the Homefront Rising blog.
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