WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --Thirteen New York mayors have committed to ending veteran homelessness in their cities by the end of 2015.
These mayors signed onto the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, a federal initiative that aims to ensure that every man and woman who has served in the U.S. military has access to permanent housing and the services that will help them maintain a stable home life.
This initiative, which brings together the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, calls on mayors, governors and county officials nationwide to commit to eliminating veteran homelessness by working with federal and state government agencies, local service providers and housing advocates to pool resources and expertise.
More than 200 mayors and state and county officials have already joined this effort. New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston are on track to meet or beat the 2015 goal. The following New York mayors and county executives have signed on to the Mayors Challenge:
- Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany
- Mayor Richard C. David, Binghamton
- Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr., Hempstead
- Mayor Herbert Morrow, Huntington
- Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano
- Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle
- Mayor Paul A. Dyster, Niagara Falls
- Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga Springs
- Mayor Gary McCarthy, Schenectady
- Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone
- Mayor Al Rosamilia, Troy
- Mayor Robert M. Palmieri, Utica
- Mayor Thomas Roach, White Plains
“HUD applauds New York’s mayors for their commitment to ending veteran homelessness in the state by 2015,” said Holly Leicht, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey. “The brave men and women of the military, who have given so much to protect our lives and liberty, deserve to have a place to call home. Through the Mayors Challenge, all levels of government are joining forces to make sure that they do.”