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Shreveport Recognized for Homelessness Efforts

Shreveport Recognized for Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

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By AFRICA PRICE - DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Friday, January 6, 2017

Shreveport has been recognized by federal agencies as the second city in Louisiana for progress made to functionally end veteran homelessness.

"This is a proud moment for Shreveport. It is my prayer that all that we accomplish in working to eradicate homelessness for veterans, would be transformational in their lives and allow them to transition into society as productive citizens who enjoy a good quality of life," said Mayor Ollie Tyler. "As citizens, we owe a debt to all of those who offered themselves in service and sacrifice for our country. Shelter is a basic need and the least that we can do for those who have done so much for us."

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Veterans Affairs recognized the City of Shreveport for its efforts to effectively end homelessness among veterans.

"We are confident that the infrastructure and systems you have built will ensure that any Veteran experiencing homelessness in Shreveport will get the support they need to quickly obtain a permanent home," wrote Matthew Doherty, executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, in a confirmation letter to Mayor Tyler.

While the City of Shreveport recognizes that housing instability will continue to be an ongoing issue, the community now has a system to prevent homelessness among Veteran population, shorten the duration of homelessness when it does occur, and establish sustained housing security for those who were once identified as homeless.

"Every person who has served our nation in uniform deserves a safe, stable place to call home. Communities like Shreveport have shown that ending veteran’s homelessness is achievable," said Julián Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I am honored to congratulate Mayor Ollie Tyler and the local and federal partners for proving that we can find housing solutions for the brave men and women who have sacrificed on behalf of our nation."

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