Category: Veteran Homelessness

What The Ninth Circuit’s Camping Ruling Means for Housing First Strategies in Cities

As cities continue to determine what they can do to address the housing needs of people experiencing homelessness, now is the time to be mindful of a recent legal decision — especially if your city is located in the Ninth Circuit (which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). In Martin

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How Cities Are Tackling Veteran Homelessness

Each year, mayors around the country detail their visions for the upcoming year in their state of the city speeches. With the federal process continuing to be in political gridlock, state of the city speeches have taken on new importance and meaning, giving mayors a bigger and brighter stage to articulate the changes their cities

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At Veterans Affairs, Change Comes Amid Renewed Opportunity

Wednesday’s dismissal of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin via presidential tweet is the latest in a string of high-level administration personnel changes. But this particular change in leadership is different — for it also comes on the heels of the first increase in veteran homelessness in seven years. In spite of these dynamics,

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Helping More Veterans Secure Housing

This is a guest post by Anthony Love, director of serves as the director of community engagement for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Healthcare Administration, Homeless Programs. In May, National League of Cities (NLC) will host a landlord engagement event in Oakland, California, in cooperation with VA’s Homeless Programs Office. This is the last in a

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Housing Solutions for Veterans Offer a Path Forward

From 2010 to 2017, homelessness among American military veterans declined by an astonishing 46 percent. This historic progress was the result of sustained partnerships between federal, state and local officials, as well as philanthropy, the private sector and nonprofits. The progress for veterans is encouraging — but veterans only represent a fraction of the 553,742

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Cities Apply Lessons from Veteran Homelessness to Help Senior Veterans

Last month at the University of North Carolina’s School of Journalism in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, NLC joined with Purple Heart Homes, the Housing Assistance Council, and The Home Depot Foundation to discuss the housing needs of senior veterans. As cities respond to changing age demographics among the entire population, lessons from the progress on

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Cities Honor Veterans on National Day of Service

Photo: Mayor Toby Barker of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, talks with Team Depot volunteers who have partnered with the city as part of Celebration of Service to repair the home of a local Vietnam Veteran. Since 2002, September 11th has been recognized as a National Day of Service. The day is set aside to honor what happened in

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Nonprofits and Philanthropies Can Help Create Affordable Housing in Your City

America’s mayors have stated that affordable housing, particularly for the homeless, is an issue of primary concern in their cities. NLC’s Elisha Harig-Blaine shares the story of one homeless veteran who was able to obtain housing — but only with the help of a local nonprofit in partnership with the city. For the fourth consecutive

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How Cities Can Acquire Free Land to House and Serve Homeless People

This webinar on April 25 will discuss the release of a toolkit with information about how to identify and successfully apply for vacant federal properties that can be used to help the homeless in your city. Cities across the country are struggling with rising housing costs and shrinking federal supports, leaving millions of people homeless

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Public Health and Housing: You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Partnerships that create a solid connection between housing and healthcare can offer a multitude of benefits for cities, including lower long-term healthcare costs, better educational opportunities, and employment that can help raise income levels. For more than 20 years, the first full week of April has been designated across the country as National Public Health

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