The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, the men and women of the armed services have made sacrifices for the American people and we have an obligation to care for them if they need services or housing; and

WHEREAS, mayors are committed to supporting homeless veterans and assuring they have the housing and services they need to rebuild their lives; and

WHEREAS, the Veterans Administration CHALENG report estimates that there are 195,827 homeless veterans in our nation; and

WHEREAS, the FY 2006 CHALENG report indicates that the one of the greatest unmet needs for veterans is long-term, permanent housing and that over 24,000 units of long-term, permanent housing are needed; and

WHEREAS, homeless veterans with disabilities often need housing that is deeply affordable with onsite services to help them remain housed and thrive in our communities; and

WHEREAS, creating permanent supportive housing for disabled veterans will increase the availability of existing transitional housing units for the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who become homeless and are in need of stabilization services to re-integrate back into the community; and

WHEREAS, ending homelessness, especially for veterans will require distinct funding sources including capital, operating and services dollars, in addition to strong partnerships with the Veterans Administration to support the development and services within these settings;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors support the increased investment to end homelessness for veterans using proven strategies such as creating permanent supportive housing units designated for veterans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors continue to endorse legislation that creates new funding sources to create permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans that includes funds for new construction with dollars for operating and onsite treatment services through increased resources for the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program, and targeted resources within the Department of Health and Human Services for mental heath and substance abuse treatment services and within the Department of Labor for workforce assistance.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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