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Seattle Mayor Murray and King County Executive Constantine issue declarations that homelessness is in a state of emergency in King County

Good morning All Home stakeholders  –

This morning, Monday November 2, Seattle Mayor Murray and King County Executive Constantine will issue declarations that homelessness is in a state of emergency in King County, and will outline local actions, including shelter, prevention, outreach, and they will call on the State and Federal governments to do more.

This act of leadership by Mayor Murray and Executive Constantine represents a significant step toward implementing the All Home Strategic Plan. Their joint requests of the State and Federal government are action steps toward our strategies for addressing the root causes of homelessness, and support our goal of making homelessness rare. Their commitments of local resources are action steps toward our strategies for addressing the immediate crisis of homelessness, and making it brief and only a one-time occurrence.

Los Angeles, Portland, and the State of Hawaii have also recently issued declarations that homelessness is in a state of emergency.  Seattle and King County’s declarations go one step further. In addition to local action, the declarations make significant requests of the State and Federal governments. Homelessness knows no borders, and requires synergy of local, state, and federal partners. The effort to end veteran homelessness is a good example of how this can work. With new Federal resources from the Veteran’s Administration, and strong local coordination among nonprofits and government, we have made significant progress – 717 veterans have been housed, and 310 more have a voucher and are looking for housing. We now need a significant investment from the Federal government, and the State, to support all other populations.

Homelessness is in a state of emergency. Our community has rallied to provide shelter and support for others in crisis – from international refugees to local and national disaster victims – and we should also do the same for our neighbors without a permanent place to call home.

More information will be posted on the City, County, and All Home websites later this morning.

Mark

Mark Putnam

Director, All Home, formerly the Committee to End Homelessness

mark.putnam@allhomekc.org

(206) 263-9001

www.allhomekc.org

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December 17 & 18 Seattle Stand Down Flyer

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Greetings Veteran Supporters!

The 5th annual Seattle Stand Down will be here before we know it:

December 17 & 18, 2015 at Seattle Central College

Please see the attached flyers and distribute to your clients and throughout your networks.

If you or your agency would like to sign up as a service provider, please click HERE to register!

Thank you for your support and all you do for the Veteran community!

Rebecca Murch, B.A.B.S.

Executive Director
One Less Mountain
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Program Director

The Seattle Stand Down
Premier project of One Less Mountain

www.theseattlestanddown.org

Senate Passes Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act

Senate Passes Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act

NCHV works to protect eligibility of OTH veterans for services

Just now, the United States Senate passed S.1731, the “Homeless Veterans Services Protection Act” which will protect the eligibility for VA homeless services of homeless veterans with “Other Than Honorable” (OTH) discharges.

These veterans have been served through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs since these programs were created. However, recently a legal review conducted within VA called that eligibility into question.

S.1731 would clarify the intent of Congress that the GPD, SSVF, and GPD Special Needs programs be allowed to serve these OTH veterans. NCHV applauds the work of the Senate in its passage of this crucial bill, and thanks in particular the original cosponsors of the bill: Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). They are committed and passionate advocates for the nation’s most vulnerable heroes.

This is just the first of two hurdles to ensure legal protections for these veterans: the United States House of Representatives must pass this bill before it can go to the President for his signature and become law. NCHV strongly urges the House to do so and join the Senate in protecting those most in need of our help.

For the latest news, resources and grant information, visit our website at www.nchv.org.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

333 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-546-1969 or toll-free 1-800-VET-HELP

Connecticut Becomes First State to End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

Governor Dan Malloy joined by VA Secretary Bob McDonald for historic announcement

Yesterday, Governor Dan Malloy announced that Connecticut has become the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among veterans. This announcement marks another milestone in the campaign to end veteran homelessness nationwide. With towns, cities, and states coordinating efforts across the board to identify and house homeless veterans, the United States as a whole has become a truly national coalition for homeless veterans.

“We have set a high bar – and with today’s announcement, we’re on our way to achieving it. We are truly a national leader on these issues, because our veterans deserve access to housing, quality health care, education, and career opportunities. It’s our obligation to deliver for them, and that’s just what we’re doing as a state,” Governor Malloy said. “We established this bold goal to end homelessness among our veterans not because it’s good for our economy and makes communities stronger, but because it’s morally right. Ending chronic veteran homelessness is just another step forward and another marker of progress towards reaching our goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of this year.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald was on hand for Governor Malloy’s announcement, stating “President Obama has made a bold goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year, and states and cities across the country are committed to making sure every Veteran has a safe and stable place to call home. Here in Connecticut, you’ve responded to that challenge by helping the most vulnerable homeless veterans find permanent housing. Americans understand and believe, as I do, that no one who has fought for this country should have to fight to keep a roof over their head. This progress would not be possible without the partnerships that have been built here in Connecticut and across the nation; partnerships across the federal government, with state and local governments, with non-profit organizations and with the private sector. This is not a static challenge; it is an ongoing challenge and we will keep at it because that is what the men and women who have served our nation have earned and deserve.”

To read the full press release and view more coverage from yesterday’s historic announcement, see the latest post in Coalition Call.

President Obama Nominates Mike Michaud for Assistant Secretary of DOL-VETS

Former U.S. Representative to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training Service

Washington – President Obama today announced that he is nominating former U.S. Representative Mike Michaud for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Veterans Employment and Training Service at the Department of Labor (DOL-VETS).

Mr. Michaud had been a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 until the 114th Congress.
As the Democratic Representative from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Mr. Michaud had a large impact on veteran issues through his seat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He served as the Ranking Member of that Committee, as well as the Health Subcommittee. In his work in these positions he was a committed advocate for homeless veterans and the programs that serve them, especially on areas that addressed employment and education.

DOL-VETS is responsible for a wide range of veteran specific programs at the Department of Labor, including the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), Jobs for Veteran State Grants (JVSG), and Stand Downs. Last year they served 1.1 million veterans and helped them gain employment.

The position is currently held by Acting Assistant Secretary Teresa Gerton, who has held the position since the retirement of Assistant Secretary Keith Kelly earlier this year. Ms. Gerton had previously held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at DOL-VETS, and has been an impactful leader on the issue of veteran homelessness in both positions.

NCHV Executive Director Baylee Crone said of the nomination, “NCHV looks forward to the arrival of Mr. Michaud at DOL-VETS, and is excited to be re-gaining a partner with such a long history of committed advocacy on behalf of this country’s homeless veterans.”