The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Washington, D.C. based non-profit alliance National League of Cities (NLC) have taken another step in the Fight against Veteran homelessness by issuing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in several U.S. Cities, however still is not enough!
What is the MOU? Is just a memorandum that calls for the development and execution of regional forms as part of a joint effort by HUD and HLC in order to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of joining the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, at least a good start.
As directed by the MOU, HUD’s resources will be made available to:
- Make it a priority to assist those veterans who are most vulnerable to homelessness or suffering from chronic homelessness;
- Focus outreach efforts on identifying and engaging those veterans who are homeless;
- Target veterans who are in need of short-term rent services in order to be integrated back into communities and assist them through re-housing interventions;
- Utilize resources to help veterans who are ineligible for the VA’s programs to attain housing;
- Increase preventative measures through early detection of at-risk veterans to help them get and sustain stable housing; and
- Closely monitor progress toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness, which includes tracking the progress of goals aimed at finding permanent housing for veterans.
A louder message should be sent to end Veterans homelessness, this is for real not a dream. It should be our goal to reach out for more veterans and their families, to make this a reality.
Thank You for protecting us, and our country. God Bless America!