Virginia Becomes the First US State To End Veteran Homelessness

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Economy with 30 Comments

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By Amanda Froelich | Activist Post

While Connecticut was the first state to end chronic veteran homelessness, Virginia is officially now the first US state to end all veteran homelessness, a monumental achievement, indeed.


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As of Wednesday, the state of Virginia has officially ended veteran homelessness, stated Governor Terry McAuliffe. According to the Huffington Post, the milestone declaration means that everyveteran in the state has housing, except for those who were offered shelter, but declined.

The state press release shares that by streamlining resources and having the Department of Veterans Affairs, public housing groups, local utility companies and other key partners collaborate on the conundrum, Virginia has been able to house 1,432 veterans since October 2014. 

The state will need to maintain its status, but Virginia has plans to secure a home for a veteran within 90 days upon finding out that they are homeless. The state will also have more homes readily available than the number of veterans without shelter to prevent the issue from presenting itself again.

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Governor McAuliffe committed to first lady Michelle Obama’s Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and was able to carry out with the objective ahead of schedule.

The initiative presented by Obama called for an end to veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Since it was first declared in June of last year, 20 mayors and county chairs throughout the state have joined in.

McAuliffe said this recent success will serve as the “launching pad” to end chronic homelessness for all Virginians by the end of 2017.


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“This is an important victory in our ongoing efforts to make our Commonwealth the best place on earth for veterans to live, work and raise a family,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “However, we must remain committed to keeping homelessness among veterans, and, all Virginians, rare, brief and non-recurring.”

One state down, 49 to go. This positive news hints at a better future for America’s veterans and, therefore, deserves to be shared.

Please comment below and spread the news!

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  1. 332568673448330@facebook.com' Kitty Tyler says:

    anyone like this post as much as i like ? <3

  2. 1655660188038934@facebook.com' Sarah Courville says:

    Created by victims of the war ,,

  3. 972625236123454@facebook.com' Erik Albert says:

    Because you are brainless idiots.

  4. 1658367981072797@facebook.com' India Moore says:

    Good I love it ❤❤❤❤

  5. 10205070080943595@facebook.com' Bobby Bush says:

    Unfortunately it’s not true.

  6. 10205539238623202@facebook.com' Susan Popovich says:

    Yes. It is terrible we allow this to happen.

  7. 1091400987546332@facebook.com' Stephanie Parent Haughey says:

    The first…?

  8. 929679877118084@facebook.com' Dave D Barlow says:

    Kalifornia gives too much money away to non-citizens to help our veterans…:(

  9. 10154474441378357@facebook.com' Christina Ammerman says:

    Wait – Virginia did something good? I’ll be darned.

  10. 1184851611544091@facebook.com' David Nelson says:

    Actually, the VA has $300 million in grant monies for a program named Supportive Services for Veteran Families and the nation, grantee by grantee is working on ending veterans homelessness (commonly referred to as “Functional Zero”). New Orleans was the first city to reach functional zero earlier this year. I know my community this year, in not quite to functional zero yet, however have reduced veteran homelessness by over 90%. MY next mission is to END homelessness for all demographics, and am actively playing a role in my state.

  11. 883880905033681@facebook.com' Alex Vikoulov says:

    The best solution to tackle homelessness in this country, at least to start with, is #BasicIncomeGuarantee proposed by Jeremy Rifkin and implemented already in Switzerland and Finland: https://youtu.be/6m_k14dEcAI

  12. 885103948233360@facebook.com' Deborah Wittek Brookman says:

    Just one more reason I have always loved Va.

  13. 10207917344551954@facebook.com' Cassidy Smith says:

    Amazing

  14. 1676579249255172@facebook.com' Sandra Martone says:

    Thanks be to God

  15. 166267513722808@facebook.com' Joyce Palmer says:

    Every State should if we can house refugees. We should be housing our own first

  16. 10205413834853421@facebook.com' Debbie Terry Mitchell says:

    why? Because the filthy rich backed GOP, doesnt care about the men and women they so eagerly put on the front lines.

  17. 135938263434700@facebook.com' Milly Levine says:

    Now it is saying page not found?

  18. 357975674326460@facebook.com' Geordie Thompson says:

    It’s about time our world slowly coming together

  19. 1727139260854230@facebook.com' Bonnie Cayford says:

    These people are still human beings!!

  20. 419268154925083@facebook.com' Diane Berge says:

    Lets end all home.essness

  21. 1031112260274025@facebook.com' Linda Baldwin Avila says:

    How did they do it? By proclamation? or did they just stop counting them?

  22. 518334448322331@facebook.com' Anita Brown says:

    As a Virginian who’s had to use the VA state social services, I know they rock. I went from Disability to work & the services, while challenging to navigate, we’re incredible once I was put in touch with the right resources.

  23. 10206687151171925@facebook.com' Marlette Robert Alberio says:

    No one should ever sleep on the streets anyways?

  24. 696903103777400@facebook.com' Grace Ramoso says:

    best for Virginia.It will be Blessed more.

  25. 1509730339354999@facebook.com' Janyce Severson-Robson says:

    That is wonderful. Thank you

  26. 10153104176212175@facebook.com' Melinda Bell says:

    Why are there so many homeless veterans? Where are their families? Where are their friends? Don’t any of them have a couch or place for a pallet? If I lost everything but the clothes on my back, I wouldn’t be homeless. We’ve had friends who slept on our couch or an inflatable mattress until they got on their feet. Where are these people’s people?

  27. 10206108535125695@facebook.com' Kc Liew Gsm says:

    When able the gov say you are hero. Look at some veterans all over the world – homeless, poor and destitute. Is it worth fighting for your country and make the politicians rich and powerful.

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