Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Commits to End Veteran Homelessness in Pittsburgh
Joins with HUD and other partners to fully address issue by end of 2015
PITTSBURGH, PA - Mayor William Peduto has committed to ending veteran homelessness in Pittsburgh by the end of 2015, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
With his announcement, Pittsburgh joins a growing number of communities across the country that have pledged to ending veteran homelessness.
“Veteran homelessness is not an intractable social problem that can’t be solved,” said Mayor Peduto. “By focusing our resources and renewing our communities’ commitment to this issue, we can end veterans homelessness in our city and our country. I’m proud to join Mayors across the country as we work toward the important goal of honoring the service of our veterans by making sure all of them have a home to call their own.”
Pittsburgh will work with HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the National League of Cities to leverage federal resources and develop a local strategy to make sure every veteran in the community has access to stable housing and the supportive services they need to stay off the street.
“We know that in order to achieve the aggressive goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, we need the support and commitment of local elected officials,” said Jane E. Miller, Director of HUD’s Pittsburgh Field Office. “I am so pleased Mayor Peduto has pledged his support and look forward to working with him to build momentum in reaching this goal.”
As of last count in January there were 97 homeless veterans in the Pittsburgh area, 78 living in emergency shelters and 19 living unsheltered.
Since 2010, when the Federal government launched Opening Doors, a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, there has been a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans.
This reduction has been achieved through a partnership between the Obama Administration, local governments, non-profits, and the private sector. Through this final push to leverage momentum and strengthen our commitment, the goal of ending veteran homelessness in America is within reach.
To learn more about resources for local veterans experiencing homelessness, visit https://www.onecpd.info/homelessness-assistance/resources-for-homeless-veterans/.
The text of Mayor Peduto's May 14 letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is below:
Dear Secretary Donovan:
Thousands of veterans have returned to Pittsburgh over the past several years and thousands more will be returning in the coming years as operations in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to drawdown.
Pittsburgh already has a strong support system for returning veterans doing admirable work worthy of our service men and women. However, it is our responsibility as a city to do more and it is in this spirit that I am proud to join the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.
My administration will work diligently with our local, state, and national partners to make sure that no one who has sacrificed for our country has to worry about finding a home for themselves and their family. In partnership with HUD, we will seek to end veteran homelessness within the City of Pittsburgh by the end of 2015.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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