This is The Only City in Texas That Has Housed All Of Their Homeless Vets
Did you know Abilene, Texas is the first, and only city in all of this huge state of Texas to house all of its homeless veterans? It's truly astounding how many homeless veterans there are in this country. Men and women volunteer to serve and protect this country, they give their time and after separating, whether it's ETSing, retiring, or an honorable discharge, the transition back to civilian life is for many.
Round of Applause For Abilene
There are many cities across the state of Texas making an effort and attacking this problem head on. One city in particular has done something that hasn't gotten much recognition - the city of Abilene. They have housed every single one of their homeless veterans. That is a remarkable achievement. The city of Abilene collaborated with different local agencies like the West Texas VA Healthcare System and came up with 100-day plan to get their homeless vets housed.
The announcement was made back in October 2019. The objective was to provide these homeless events with housing. According to CNN, they did their due diligence by compiling data on Abilene's homeless vet population by canvassing the city and collecting this data. By doing this, it allowed the city to launch a successful campaign focusing on providing access to the best resources available educate. Providing them with emergency short-term shelter and long-term homes, was a goal set where getting them the systems that will help them, it leads to keeping them from experiencing homelessness again.
Heading In The Right Direction
Per the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Veteran homelessness is 5% of the population in Texas. The good news is that the country as a whole is seeing a decrease in Veteran homelessness. However, it is still a heartbreaking epidemic that requires hearts to fix.
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