Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
Philadelphia Meets Mayor’s Challenge and Declares
Philadelphia Meets Mayor’s Challenge and Declares End to Veteran Homelessness
On December 17, 2015, Crescenz VA Medical Center Director Daniel Hendee stood in City Hall at the podium with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and HUD Secretary Julian Castro to announce the end of Veteran homelessness in Philadelphia. It was truly a momentous occasion, and one to celebrate.
The success was the result of an unprecedented partnership and collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the numerous agencies and non-profit organizations that worked together to meet the Mayor’s challenge and effectively end Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia.
Together, the partners worked tirelessly to create a highly developed and coordinated system to quickly meet the needs of Veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing homelessness. The partners worked together on outreach activities and used a single list and entry point for their coordinated process. The Team met weekly to assign newly identified homeless Veterans to an outreach worker and monitored progress toward housing Veterans.
Here are a few of the impressive statistics of exactly what the Team achieved:
· 1390 Veterans housed since August 2013
· 661 HUD-VASH Vouchers allocated
· 576 Veterans currently under a lease
· 637 HUD-VASH vouchers currently in use
Congratulations to all who worked to make this happen.
Going forward we will not stop. We will continue the work to honor those who served by ensuring that all Veterans have access to the support and services they need to sustain permanent housing. One homeless Veteran is one too many.