Flanked by veterans, mayors and state leaders committed to ending homelessness among veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness at the White House on June 4, 2014. The Challenge seeks to secure commitments from local leaders to end homelessness among veterans by 2015, using evidence-based approaches as outlined in Opening Doors, The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homeless, and through collaboration with community partners. To date, 76 other Mayors have joined the challenge. Working together, the goal of ending homelessness among veterans nationwide is within reach.

Boston is well poised to achieve the goal. Due to City’s leadership, strong collaborations already exist between the City, State, the VA and other community based organizations that serve homeless veterans. The best evidence of this collaboration is that 250 homeless veterans have been housed so far in 2014.