Dec. 12, 2013

The 31st annual assessment of hunger and homelessness conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, released recently in Washington, found continuing growth in the demand for emergency food and housing across 25 cities whose mayors are members of the Conference’s Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness.

The mayors’ survey increased its focus on homeless veterans this year, and all but two of the survey cities reported success in obtaining federal funds targeted to homeless veterans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Officials in nearly four in five of the cities reported success in reducing the number of veterans in the homeless population through use of these funds. VA has set a goal of eliminating veterans’
homelessness by the end of 2015, and over half of the survey cities – 56 percent – say their experience suggests that VA will reach that goal.

To read the press release announcing the report, click here. To download the report, click here.