In the coming years, our nation’s cities and towns will welcome home more than 1 million veterans. They will join more than 20 million veterans in the United States who have served our country since World War II. Each of these veterans brings tremendous talents and gifts. They all deserve our welcome, our acknowledgment of their commitment to this country and our sensitivity to the needs that they and their families face as they return to civilian life.
A vital first step to help with reintegration is making sure veterans and their families have stable housing. With secure, safe housing, veterans can focus on other areas of life such as healthcare, employment, and education. This focus aligns with the federal plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015, and local momentum in cities such as Phoenix and Salt Lake City. In partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, NLC is focused on ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, particularly homeless veterans.
In June 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama announced The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. To support and amplify this call to action, NLC founded the Homeless Veteran Leadership Network (HVLN), co-chaired by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. The HVLN supports cities by sharing best practices and connecting local leaders to the stakeholders and resources to overcome local challenges.
Mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman (chair)
Mayor of Salt Lake City, Ralph Becker (co-chair)
Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton (co-chair)
Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy
Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper
Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe
Des Moines, IA
Kansas City, MO
Little Rock, AR
New Orleans, LA
Winston Salem, NC