Twenty more of New Orleans’ homeless military veterans now have a place to call home.
It’s part of the city’s goal to keep the local homeless veteran population at what President Barack Obama’s administration calls “functional zero” — meaning the city has a process and the resources available to immediately house a veteran who ends up on the street.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have urged cities across the country to all but eliminate veteran homelessness and have provided the cash to help, spending nearly $1.5 billion in 2014.
Officials have since exceeded their initial goal, finding permanent housing for almost 400 veterans since that time, Landrieu said.
“There is no city in America that has done all the things that we are doing as quickly as we are doing it,” the mayor told a crowd gathered in the 3800 block of Pitt Street for a dedication ceremony.
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