In response to a federal call to end homeless veterans, Philadelphia, Houston, Las Vegas, and New Orleans are among the cities and counties that have drastically reduced the number of veterans living on the streets, The Boston Globe reports.
Those cities have reached a level of “functional zero,” Richard Cho, deputy director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness told The Globe.
The successes are due in large part to partnerships with social-service groups that are helping to cut through bureaucratic barriers.
Boston and New York haven't reached that level, but they've ended what the federal government calls “chronic homelessness” among veterans.
New York maintains a list of homeless veteran and works with charities for referrals. Catholic Charities, for example, has plans to set aside 22 subsidized apartments for veterans in what was once a school in Brooklyn. Another nonprofit, the Jericho project, has provided 132 apartments for veterans. Some brokers and landlords are receiving bonuses to encourage provision of veterans housing.