Mayor de Blasio: NYC Has Ended Chronic Veteran Homelessness - NBC New York

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Has Ended Chronic Veteran Homelessness



    Remembering the Fallen on the Intrepid

    A Memorial Day ceremony at the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum honors the nation's fallen, as Mayor de Blasio says the city has ended chronic homelessness for its veterans. Andrew Siff reports. (Published Monday, May 30, 2016)

    Mayor de Blasio on Monday claimed the city has won the fight against chronic veteran homelessness after vowing last Memorial Day to put an end to the problem.

    "We ended the scourge of chronic homelessness for our veterans," de Blasio said Monday.   

    "Chronic homelessness" is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on how long an individual remains homeless. 

    A city hall spokesperson told NBC 4 New York that from Thanksgiving 2015 through May 27, 1,091 homeless veterans were moved to permanent housing.

    But, 421 veterans remain in shelters in New York City, the spokesperson said.

    The administration is working with HUD to move every homeless veteran into permanent housing, the spokesperson said.   

    De Blasio said Monday that if a New York veteran is looking for a home, "We guarantee...we will find them one because they deserve that." 

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