Sixteen Cities Participate in "Homeless Veteran Leadership Network," Pledge to End Veteran Homelessness in 2015



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National League of Cities Announces Homeless Veteran Leadership

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WASHINGTON, March 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National League

of Cities (NLC) today announced the "Homeless Veteran Leadership

Network" (HVLN), a national effort to challenge cities to meet the

Administration's goal to end veteran homelessness in 2015. Sixteen

cities have initially signed on to the HVLN to meet the

Administration's recent challenge to mayors by partnering with

community stakeholders and offering support for strategies to end

veteran homelessness. Each HVLN city will engage in a "friendly

competition" with another comparable city to be the next community to

achieve this goal. The HVLN is co-chaired by NLC President Chris

Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., NLC 1st Vice President Ralph

Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah and Mayor Greg Stanton of

Phoenix, Ariz.

"It is a tragedy that even a single veteran faces homelessness after

serving in our nation's armed forces," said NLC President Chris

Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. "I challenge all municipal leaders

to engage in a friendly competition to advance creative solutions to

end veteran homelessness by 2015. By partnering with both national and

community stakeholders across the country, we can achieve the

Administration's goal to end veteran homelessness and give back to the

men and women who have sacrificed on our behalf."

In 2013, NLC helped facilitate a "friendly competition" between

Phoenix and Salt Lake City to see which city could end veteran

homelessness first. Recently, both cities have announced that they

succeeded in ending chronic veteran homelessness.

Participating cities will connect with existing and emerging efforts

in their communities, form community partnerships and offer strong

municipal support for strategies that put an end to veteran

homelessness. The initial cities participating in the HVLN include:

-- Saint Paul, Minn.

-- Salt Lake City, Utah

-- Phoenix, Ariz.

-- Minneapolis, Minn.

-- New Orleans, La.

-- Columbus, Ohio

-- Des Moines, Iowa

-- Washington, D.C.

-- Miami, Fla.

-- Winston-Salem, N.C.

-- Eugene, Ore.

-- Joplin, Mo.

-- Waco, Texas

-- Charlotte, N.C.

-- Little Rock, Ark.

-- Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information on how to join the HVLN, email veterans@nlc.org.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city

leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for

19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million

Americans.

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