Did Phoenix end veterans homelessness?
Three years ago, Arizona state officials formed a coalition to end chronic veterans homelessness in Phoenix. Now, the city's mayor claims that that goal has been achieved.
The Washington Post reported that in 2010, there were 222 homeless veterans living in Phoenix. Although 56 remained as of November, the state allocated a fund of $100,000 to house the remaining homeless veterans.
"Phoenix can take its place as role model city for gratitude and care towards veterans," Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement, as quoted by the news source.
To eradicate chronic veterans homelessness, the city used federal grants amounting to more than $6.5 million, as well as nearly $2 million in city funds, the news outlet stated.
A January 2013 report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that more than 1,000 veterans in Arizona are homeless. Arizona also saw one of the largest increases in its homeless veterans population between 2012 and 2013. However, the number of homeless veterans only make up 1 percent to 2.9 percent of Arizona's overall homeless population.
According to the HUD report, there were more than 57,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. on a single night in January 2013.