Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a call to action for all mayors and other state and local leaders to publicly commit to making sure that every Veteran who served America has a home in America. 

To be recognized as having achieved the goal, communities must meet the requirements laid out in the federal Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness, which are intended to help communities drive down the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness to as close to zero as possible, while building systems that support long-term, lasting solutions. Since its launch in June of 2014, 63 communities across 33 different states have achieved the goal

If you are ready to begin the process of submitting your own community for federal confirmation, contact your local HUD, VA, or USICH representative.

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Communities that Achieved the Goal
(in order of announcement)

New Orleans, LA Albany, NY Austin, TX

La Crosse, WI

City of Beckley and Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, Wyoming, Mercer, McDowell and Clay counties, WV                                           
Houston, TX Rockford, IL Middlesex County, NJ Akron, OH           Norman/Cleveland County, OK
Mobile, AL Philadelphia, PA Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, and Lee County, FL Scranton/Lackawanna County, PA                       Kittitas County, WA
Troy, NY Mississippi Gulfport/Gulfport Coast Regional CoC, MS Buffalo/Western New York Lehigh Valley, PA                               
Saratoga Springs, NY Montgomery County, MD State of Delaware Will County, IL  
Flagler County, FL Volusia County/ Daytona Beach, FL Dayton/Montgomery County, OH Lowell, MA  
Lancaster City and County, PA State of Connecticut DeKalb County, GA Massachusetts Balance of State  
Cumberland County/Fayetteville, NC Reading/Berks County, PA

Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County, OR

West Central Minnesota Continuum of Care  
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC Lynn, MA Shreveport, LA Northwest Minnesota Continuum of Care  
Las Cruces, NM Des Moines, IA Riverside, CA Kent County/Grand Rapids, MI  
Syracuse, NY San Antonio, TX Santa Fe, NM Nebraska Balance of State  
Las Vegas, NV Terrebonne Parish, LA Chattanooga, TN Atlanta, GA  
Commonwealth of Virginia Hattiesburg, MS Southwest Minnesota CoC Greater Kansas City: Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO  
Schenectady, NY Long Island, NY  Nashua, NH Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh  
Rochester, NY Bergen County, NJ Punta Gorda/Charlotte County, FL Delaware County, PA