BLOG: Marching Towards Ending Homelessness for Vets

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: 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.center_img BLOG: Marching Towards Ending Homelessness for Vets SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has promised Donegal schoolchildren will benefit from a €210M investment in digital technology for schools announce today.The Minister of State said the new five year Digital Strategy for Schools contains many progressive measures to upgrade technology in the Irish classroom.The €210 million strategy amounts to the largest ever investment in digital technology in schools, and will benefit schools throughout Donegal, and the entire country. “There will be dedicated multi-annual funding to schools to invest in technology, which this new strategy will ensure for the first time. This will build on the ongoing roll-out of high-speed broadband to every second-level school by investing in high-speed wifi networks in schools, which is crucial for the future of our young people.“The curriculum will involve Digital skills being integrated into assessment based education, and the strategy will also develop opportunities for students to take an in-depth ICT course at Leaving Cert, as well as improving digital skills within other subjects also.“This will really help to prepare young people for the future workforce with its increasing reliance on technology, which will be of great benefit to our students here in Donegal, and throughout Ireland.”DONEGAL CHILDREN WILL BENEFIT FROM €210M DIGITAL PACKAGE – McHUGH was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:digitalfundingMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more