AmeriCorps and Veteran Homelessness

AmeriCorps and Veteran Homelessness

Governor McAuliffe recently spoke at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans annual conference and praised the work of all of the Virginia AmeriCorps programs that have helped the Commonwealth achieve functional zero veterans homeless.  "In Virginia, we built a network to insure that veteran homelessness is rare, brief, and non-reoccurring," said Governor McAuliffe.

The governor cited a number of factors in the success of Virginia's efforts, including the work of AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, and VeteransCorps members.

"The Virginia Housing Alliance placed volunteers from the AmeriCorps VISTA program with communities throughout Virginia to assist at the coordination and data support. Two teams of National Civilian Conservation Corps members compiled lists of homeless veterans -- which is one of the most difficult things that you have to accumulate -- and used these resources to collect items for move-in kits. Our Departments of Veterans Services received help from the Virginia Veterans Corps to assist homeless veterans with all the paperwork so we could do that for them.”

-- Governor Terry McAuliffe

The Governor also praised the use of 2-1-1 Virginia as a vital tool in getting resources to the homeless veteran population.

Watch the full speech at http://www.c-span.org/video/?410435-1/national-coalition-homeless-veterans-annual-conference.

Photo: richmond.com

 

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