This morning at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been certified by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Veterans Affairs as the first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness.
“Virginia is showing the nation how to create strong collaboration across towns, cities, and counties to end veteran homelessness and maintain that progress. Today, it is clear that Governor McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, and community-based service providers across this state are leaders who will not lose steam. They will continue identifying veterans who need assistance and ensuring that that assistance is always available. The state of Virginia gives us a working example of a system holding a functional end to veteran homelessness. We are grateful to the partners in Virginia for their hard work and willingness to set the stage for the next round of declaring states.” said Baylee Crone, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.