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. Federal partners for the challenge are led by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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. The City of Winooski encourages our neighboring municipalities to join the effort to end Veteran homelessness.
“Veterans are national heroes and the City of Winooski appreciates their valuable contributions to the security of our residents and our nation. Vermont is home to nearly 43,000 Veterans, approximately 72 of whom are homeless and in urgent need of care and assistance. The City of Winooski is committed to doing whatever we can to ensure housing security for Veterans in need.” - Mayor Kristine Lott
During the Winooski City Council meeting held on October 30, 2019, Mayor Kristine Lott led an official proclamation with unanimous approval recognizing November as “End Veteran Homelessness Month”. View the proclamation below:
City of Winooski Proclamation to End Veteran Homelessness
Whereas, Veterans are national heroes and the City of Winooski appreciates their valuable contributions to the security of our residents and our nation. Vermont is home to nearly 43,000 Veterans, approximately 72 of whom are homeless and in urgent need of care and assistance; and
Whereas, Since the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness was launched on June 4, 2014, several governors, over 550 mayors, and more than 150 county officials nationwide have signed on to the Challenge and are committed to end Veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2019; and
Whereas, Chittenden County agencies use a Housing First approach, thereby removing barriers to helping Veterans obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible, prioritizing the most vulnerable Veterans, to identify and engage every Veteran experiencing homelessness; and
Whereas, Through partnership with the Vermont Veterans Committee on Homelessness, and Chittenden County Continuum of Care, increase early detection and access to preventive services so at‐risk Veterans and their families remain stably housed; and
Whereas, Chittenden County agencies monitor progress toward the Challenge’s goal, including the success of programs in achieving permanent housing outcomes; and
Whereas, the City of Winooski has signed on to this Nationwide Challenge to dramatically reduce the number of homeless Veterans and find permanent housing for at least the 16 homeless Veterans in the Chittenden County, Vermont area; and,
Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the City Council of the City of Winooski, Vermont, do hereby proclaim the month of November, as End Veteran Homelessness Month, encouraging Chittenden County Vermont agencies to allocate resources and programs to End Veteran Homelessness.