Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf December 21, 2015 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Government That Works, The Blog Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf challenged all commonwealth agencies and communities to reduce veteran homelessness by 40 percent in Pennsylvania in the last 100 days of 2015. And last week, the governor and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced that we’re nearing that goal with 481 homeless veterans placed in permanent housing between Sept. 23 and Nov. 30, 2015.In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducted a point-in-time count which identified approximately 1,300 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth’s vast network of state agencies and community partners are working diligently to hit functional zero, which means having the process and the resources in place to identify and house any homeless veteran who wants to be assisted.The challenge, officially known as the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, is a HUD initiative that was launched in June 2014. It was conceived as a means for local leaders to create and coordinate strategies to curb veteran homelessness. Across the United States, 859 mayors, governors, and county executives are currently participating in the challenge. More than a dozen local mayors and county leaders have joined the Mayors Challenge.The city of Lancaster and Lancaster County have already announced that they have the systems in place to successfully meet the needs of homeless veterans in their area and we know other communities are very close to making the same announcement. Philadelphia announced last week that it “effectively ended” homelessness for veterans in the commonwealth’s largest city. Pittsburgh, among other cities and smaller municipalities, has also made big strides, announcing in November that housing had been provided for 88% of homeless veterans in Pittsburgh.For more information about the challenge, visit the HUD website. BLOG: Marching Towards Ending Homelessness for Vets SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake – Associated Press A man who served 24 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned has added a former Los Angeles County district attorney and a top deputy prosecutor to his federal civil-rights lawsuit against the county and others. Lawyers for Thomas Lee Goldstein amended their complaint Thursday to add former District Attorney John K. Van de Kamp, who later became the state attorney general, and Chief Deputy Attorney Curt Livesay as defendants. The lawsuit alleged that Van de Kamp and Livesay relied on jailhouse informants for testimony knowing that the policy led to false evidence. “Our investigation has shown there were complaints to the District Attorney’s Office in the late ’70s prior to the trial of my client, Thomas Goldstein, and these complaints made reference to the use of jailhouse informants and to the collusion between those informants, local law enforcement and even deputy district attorneys,” Goldstein lawyer Ronald O. Kaye said. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz allowed the new defendants to be added in a Dec. 12 ruling.