Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama this week lauded the success of Lancaster County in eliminating the local population of homeless veterans.

In a video, the first lady gave a shoutout to the county for achieving the federal mandate to provide housing for all veterans. Local officials said the county reached that goal on July 1 after finding housing for 37 veterans since January.

“Over the past few years, mayors, community leaders, government agencies and local nonprofits have come together to get our veterans into housing quickly and permanently,” Obama said in the video. “Through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, cities like New Orleans; Houston; Mobile, Alabama, and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, have effectively ended veterans homelessness. And they’ve done this by ensuring that veterans not only have immediate access to housing, but also the support they need to stay in their homes for the long term.”

The issue, which Obama said “has been swept under the rug for far too long,” resonated with a Lancaster County that had up to 68 homeless veterans in 2012.

The Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness said in September they reached zero homeless veterans by identifying the homeless population eligible for Veterans Administration programs and using federal funds to help them obtain permanent housing.

In 2009, the administration set the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

Obama called on landlords and property owners nationally to open their doors to veterans to provide them with stable living conditions.


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