Abilene becomes first Texas city to house all homeless veterans

Posted at 11:47 AM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 21:55:31-05

ABILENE, TX — After a challenge issued by the mayor of Abilene, the city has become the first in Texas to house all homeless veterans, according to KTXS.

In October, Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams said he wanted to end veteran homelessness within 90 days. While the city fell a few days short of their goal, it has become the 9th city in the United States to find homes for all of their veterans.

Before the challenge, an estimated 5 percent of the population was homeless. Abilene's population is 121,885.

"During the 100 days of this challenge, our local housing and service providers redoubled their efforts to house as many veterans as possible in order to make veteran homelessness in Abilene something that is rare, brief, and nonrecurring," the West Texas Homeless Network told KTXS.

The mayor said they were then able to house the 30 remaining veterans in the area. The mayor said the next step is to reduce overall homelessness in the city.