Jackson & Wyandotte Counties on Track to End Veteran Homelessness in 2016
In December of 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged mayors across the United States to end veteran homelessness by achieving functional zero. When the initiative kicked off, the coalition became a member community of a national campaign Zero:2016 and, since January of 2015 more than 30 agencies actively participating in Zero: 2016 have successfully housed 421 homeless veterans.
This means a city has sufficient resources to provide housing to every homeless veteran. In Jackson and Wyandotte Counties, there are only 33 chronically homeless veterans who still need to be housed in order for the community to reach functional zero by the end of the year. Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Mark Holland, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir, more than 30 agencies that are part of the local Zero: 2016 campaign and The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness are asking for YOUR help to be among the first 40 cities in the United States to achieve functional zero among its homeless veteran population. Only two Midwestern communities - Des Moines, IA and Rockford, IL – have reached functional zero to date.
You can help in a number of ways:
Donate funds directly to the initiative online.
Organizations from The Coalition that support the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in Kansas City include: