Homeless veterans find permanent housing in 2015

| February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command hit the streets to help homeless veterans during the “Soldier for Life” Veteran’s Outreach Program, Tuesday. (Photo by Sgt. Tiffany Fudge, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs) (Photos have been altered from their original form; background elements have been removed.)

Soldiers with the 8th Theater Sustainment Command hit the streets to help homeless veterans during the “Soldier for Life” Veteran’s Outreach Program, Tuesday.

Department of Veterans Affairs
News Release

HONOLULU — About 596 homeless veterans on Oahu were permanently housed in calendar year 2015, said the Department of Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System (VAPIHCS), Partners in Care and the Homeless Veterans Task Force, recently.

“This announcement is a result of the tremendous progress our community has made over the past year in addressing veteran homelessness,” said Wayne Pfeffer, director, VAPIHCS.

“These are individuals who served our country, and we are proud that we have been able to connect them to permanent homes,” he said. “And congratulations are also in order to the hard work of our VA homeless programs who worked to house our veterans.”

The placement of homeless veterans occurred as a result of a collaboration between the VAPIHCS, Partners in Care and the Homeless Veterans Task Force. Since October 2013, these organizations have participated in the national 25 Cities Initiative to end veterans’ homelessness. The 25 Cities Initiative is stressing a coordinate approach to resolving homelessness and emphasizing the importance of knowing homeless veterans by name.

“Solving homelessness is a team sport,” noted Marc Gannon, chairman, Partners in Care. ”We’ve made great strides in developing a coordinated assessment and housing placement system, but still have a ways to go in addressing the significant challenges pertaining to homelessness. We need to focus on developing more affordable housing options, engaging a broader base of stakeholder groups, and strengthening our community’s full continuum of services.”

“We have achieved success by getting to the homeless veterans in our community,” said John Henry Felix, chair, Homeless Veterans Task Force. “However, our work does not stop here. To reach our goal of ending veteran homelessness, we need to think outside of the box and consider every possible option. One homeless veteran is one too many.”

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