March 23rd at 11:31pm
Jackson Aims to End Homelessness
One of the more troubling aspects of homelessness is the alarmingly high rate of veterans who are living on our streets. The latest numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s January 2014 count, show that approximately 50,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets each night and that almost 10% of that number are women. Thankfully, a recent Obama administration initiative has motivated the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi to work to end this cruel trend.
Mayor Tony Yarber was recently inspired by his wife Rosalind to develop a plan to end veteran homelessness by the end of the 2015. Rosalind, who works at the Salvation Army, was inspired by a program called Open Doors that was recently put into place by the Obama administration to help curb the growing rate of homelessness in the US. The program emphasizes housing-first initiatives and providing outreach services before an individual falls into homelessness. With the power of this program in hand we’re eager to see if Jackson, Mississippi can meet their goal!