Mayor Troxell Participating in Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
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Zac Schaffner, state Homeless Initiatives Project Coordinator, Mayor Troxell and Rick Garcia of HUD
Mayor Wade Troxell has signed onto the 2015 Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, a federal initiative calling for mayors to commit to ending veteran homelessness in their cities.
Troxell is one of 681 mayors and 854 leaders nationwide to commit to the challenge, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach are also participating.
Troxell has worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Volunteers of America Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Homeward 2020 to determine needs of homeless veterans within the community. Potential actions the mayor may assist with include communicating with potential landlords, providing letters of support to potential funders and supporting homelessness prevention efforts already in place in Fort Collins.
Several efforts are already being made in Fort Collins to end veteran homelessness, including much of the work associated with the Fort Collins 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. These efforts include landlord outreach, coordination with other veteran service initiatives, increasing Veterans Administration Supportive Housing voucher usage and using Housing First and Trauma Informed Care philosophies to assist veteran families.