Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Nassau County by the end of 2015. With today’s announcement of the Federal Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Nassau County joins a growing number of communities across the nation making the pledge.
“Veteran homelessness is not an intractable social problem that can’t be solved,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration established 42 homes at Mitchel Field to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. With Congressman Peter King, we also developed the Homes for the Brave Program that – once approved by Congress – would use tax exempt bonds to buy foreclosed homes from banks, restore those homes and then rent them to veterans in need. I’m proud to join elected officials across the nation as we work toward the important goal of honoring the service of our veterans by making sure all of them have a home to call their own.”
Nassau County will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the National League of Cities and our local Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to leverage Federal resources and develop a local strategy to make sure every veteran in the community has access to stable housing and the supportive services they need to stay off the street.
“HUD welcomes and applauds County Executive Mangano’s commitment to ending veteran homelessness in Nassau County by 2015,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “The brave men and women of the military, who have given so much to protect our lives and liberty, deserve to have a place they can call home. Through the Mayors Challenge, all levels of government are joining forces to make sure that they do.”
Since 2010, when the Federal government launched Opening Doors, a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, there has been a 24% reduction in homelessness among veterans nationwide. This reduction has been achieved through a partnership between the White House, local governments, non-profits, and the private sector. Through this final push to leverage momentum and strengthen our commitment, the goal of ending veteran homelessness in America is within reach.
To learn more about resources for local veterans experiencing homelessness, please visit https://www.onecpd.info/homelessness-assistance/resources-for-homeless-veterans/.