New Orleans First U.S. City to End Veteran Homelessness
New Orleans is the first U.S. city to declare it has virtually ended veteran homelessness. At the National World War II Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion Jan. 7, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that New Orleans has made good on its promise to First Lady Michelle Obama's challenge to U.S. mayors to end homelessness among military veterans.
Thanks to a comprehensive partnership effort with federal, state and local agencies, the city housed 227 homeless veterans in 2014. The nationwide challenge is to eradicate veteran homelessness by the end of this year.
"We leaned in," Landrieu said. "We have achieved that promise."
The plan is part of Landrieu's 10-year program to end homelessness, announced in 2011. The city partnered with...