Salt Lake City

Declaration- Housing Veterans Month in Salt Lake City

WHEREAS, U.S. Veterans represent 7 percent of the overall population, yet 13 percent of adults who are homeless have served in the military; and

WHEREAS, America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War; and

WHEREAS, homeless veterans live on the streets or in shelters and often suffer from physical disability, mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders and a lack of social infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, since the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2009 announcement of its goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, the number of homeless veterans across the nation has dropped by over 17 percent; and

WHEREAS, financial resources have been allocated through Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, Supportive Services for Veteran Families and other programs to help provide housing assistance to every veteran who is chronically homeless in Salt Lake City; and

WHEREAS, in early 2013 area service providers and the VA identified 100 chronically homeless veterans living in Salt Lake City and have no, through increased funding for housing vouchers and services, housed 61 of those identified individuals; and

WHEREAS, community partners, including the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake, The Road Home, Volunteers of America and participating landlords, aim to place 39 veterans who are chronically homeless into apartments during November 2013; and

WHEREAS, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has said we must all work to “provide veterans and their families with hope, a home and a future.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, do hereby proclaim November 2013 as

HOUSING VETERANS MONTH IN SALT LAKE CITY 

and encourage residents, landlords, businesses, service providers and government entities to work together to accomplish the goal of ending chronic homelessness for men and women who have served our country.

 

Ralph Becker

Mayor