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Madison joins initiative to end veteran homelessness

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin joined First Lady Michelle Obama Wednesday in a commitment to end veteran homelessness in Madison by the end of 2015. Soglin's announcement comes after a number of communities across the country have joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

"Veteran homelessness is not an intractable social problem that can't be solved," said Mayor Soglin. "By focusing our resources and renewing our communities' commitment to this issue, we can end veteran homelessness in our city and our country. I'm proud to join Mayors across the country as we work toward the important goal of honoring the service of our veterans by making sure all of them have a home to call their own."

According to press release from the mayor's office, Madison will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the National League of Cities to leverage federal resources and develop a local strategy to make sure every veteran in the community has access to stable housing and the supportive services they need to stay off the street. 

Since the launching of Opening Doors in 2010, there has been a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans. To learn more about resources helping local veterans experiencing homelessness click here.

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