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Waco joins network aiming to end chronic veteran's homelessness

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The city of Waco has signed on to beone of the nation's leaders in the effort to end veteran's homelessness.

The network was created to meet PresidentBarack Obama and Veteran Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki's 2009 initiative toend homelessness for our nation's heroes by 2015. Since then, the number ofhomeless vets has dropped by more than 17%.

A HVLN Principal Veteran HousingAssociate Elisha Harig-Blaine says the network is focused on helping vets whohave been on the streets for at least a year or have suffered multiple periodsof homelessness over the few years, because they are the highest risk.

"These are people who havecontinually fallen into the cycle of homelessness," says Harig- Blaine. "Theseare the people that consume the most municipal resources and are therefore mostat risk of dying on the streets."   

The national league of cities says theychose Wacobecause the city is already working with others throughout our region to dealwith the issue.

"As part of the leadership networkthey'll be able to share between themselves the success they're seeing on theground, the best practices those communities are seeing and some of thechallenges they're facing," says Harig- Blaine.

The HomelessVeterans Network says they hope to encourage other cities to follow their lead.

Cities in Arizonaand are Utahare boasting they've been able to end chronic veteran's homelessness before the2015 deadline.

 

For more information about the president's initiative clickhere

Click here for a release on the Homeless Veteran Leadership Network

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