Two Arizona mayors have joined a national effort to eliminate homelessness among those who have served in the military.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild jumped aboard the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.
So far, six other mayors in the HUD Hawaii Pacific Region - California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii - have pledged their commitment to ending veterans' homelessness in their communities by 2015. They'll attack the problem by using the power of federal, local and non-profit resources.
The mayors hope to find ways of leveraging housing and services resources that can help veterans who are ineligible for some of the VA's programs get into stable housing.
They will also examine ways to increase early detection and access to preventive services so at-risk veterans remain stably housed.
Across the nation, more than 75 mayors and county officials have joined the challenge.
"We know the size of the problem, we know the most effective and successful programs to get veterans into permanent housing, and Congress has given us the resources we need," said Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The initiative was rolled Wednesday out by First Lady Michelle Obama, HUD and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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