The experience of military service is a life-changing event for those who serve during wartime or peacetime. Our veterans leave the world's best military with unique skills and talents that can benefit the communities they choose to call home.
As our veterans come home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, they return changed men and women to communities that have also changed. A vital first step to successful 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.
To support cities in their efforts, NLC partners with The Home Depot Foundation to disseminate best practices, provide technical engagement and help local leaders learn from one another.
This work aligns with the federal plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Momentum in cities such as Phoenix, Salt Lake City and New Orleans, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia is proving that communities can solve a problem once though intractable.
To further the engagement of local leaders in efforts to end veteran homelessness, First Lady Michelle Obama announced The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in June 2014. NLC is a key national ally in supporting the Mayors Challenge. NLC has signed a MOU with HUD to hold regional forums in support of the challenge. To better understand the resources and best practices being used to end Veteran homelessness, HUD has produced the Mayors Challenge Desk Book.
Take the first step to make sure veterans and their families have stable and safe housing today.