In 2009, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an initiative to end homelessness amongst Veterans by 2015. National partners in this goal include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), Community Solutions’ 100,000 Homes Campaign, and the Rapid Results Institute.
In August of 2013, Community Solutions hosted a Rapid Results Veterans Boot Camp in Philadelphia to help communities streamline local systems and navigate their obstacles to ending Veteran homelessness. A group of Long Island agencies participated in the boot camp and worked together to set ambitious goals designed to put Long Island on track to end Veterans homelessness by December 31, 2015.
Following the Boot Camp in Philadelphia, the Long Island Team hosted a one-day Boot Camp with participants from local non-profits, government, and the private sector. In a collaborative, action-oriented planning session, participants solidified a 100-Day Work Plan to rapidly increase housing placement rates for homeless Veterans on Long Island.
We are now beyond our 100 days, and remain on track to end Veterans homelessness on Long Island by 2015. See our progress:
Are you a landlord, or do you know a landlord interested in housing Veterans? Landlords are critical to achieving our goal. Please visit our Opportunities for Landlords page to find out how you can get involved.