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Ending Veteran Homelessness in New Orleans: Lessons from a City that Reached the National Goal a Year Early


Date Published: December 2015


On January 7, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that New Orleans had become the first city in the United States to end veteran homelessness. This report tells the story of how New Orleans tapped the sense of urgency of this initiative and met this goal a year early. It also identifies the innovations that New Orleans developed and discusses each of them in the “Mayors Challenge: How It Worked” section.

Ending veteran homelessness, as part of ending all homelessness, has been an important goal of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal, state, and local agencies. The 2014 White House’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, spurred by the participation of First Lady Michelle Obama, set out to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

To carry out this initiative, the Office of the Mayor worked with area Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless services agencies, UNITY of Greater New Orleans which convenes the CoC, local landlords, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the military, and many other partners.

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