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February 8, 2017
ADVISORY: Community, Advocates, Governments Come Together

to Celebrate the End of Veteran Homelessness in Santa Fe. Public welcome at Interfaith Shelter Event February 9th

In 2015, the City of Santa Fe, working with a broad coalition of partners that includes the Affordable Housing and Community Services Department, the Veterans Advisory Board, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Lifelink, Goodwill, Healthcare for the Homeless, the Interfaith Community Shelter, St. Elizabeth’s Shelter, the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, and the Housing Trust, announced that it had effectively ended homelessness among veterans in Santa Fe and that moving forward, any veteran identified in the homeless community would be in permanent housing within a goal of 90 days.

In 2016, that accomplishment was confirmed and verified by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

To celebrate this monumental collaborative achievement, the partners are inviting the public to a celebration event on the morning of February 9th, at 10:00 AM at the Interfaith Community Shelter, 2801 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507.

“Congratulations to Mayor Gonzales and all the partners in Santa Fe who have proven once again that homelessness is solvable,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. "As leaders in Santa Fe and communities across the country work collaboratively to implement effective strategies, our confidence grows that we will end homelessness, not just for Veterans, but for everyone.”

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “This isn’t the only measure of duty that we owe to our servicemen and women coming home, but it is a strong first step. This community can do amazing things when we come together.”

 

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