Sheila Morley

Mayor’s challenge to end veteran homelessness

Sheila Morley, No Title, No Phone Number Available

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.

Spokane is throwing its hat into the ring to help end veteran homelessness. Today, Mayor Condon announced a nine-month initiative that is part of the national Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

The need for veteran housing in Spokane is very real. In 2014, almost 200 homeless veterans accessed services at the House of Charity in Downtown Spokane. The Veterans Administration predicts that 256 veterans in our region will become homeless this year.

Ending veteran homelessness means reaching the point where there are no veterans sleeping on Spokane streets and every veteran has access to permanent housing. The initiative announced today will focus on that goal. The City will spend the next nine months pushing to make an even greater impact with our veterans.

You can help. We've set up a community hotline to get everyone involved. Our ask of the community is simple: If you know of any person (or household) who has served in the armed forces and is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please call 509.828.2449.

Thank you to the organizations funding this incredible effort – the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, and the Spokane Housing Authority.

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