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Austin, Texas just ended chronic veteran homelessness
Austin, Texas just ended chronic veteran homelessness (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Austin, Texas just officially ended their chronic veteran homelessness



Austin is the third city in Texas to tackle homelessness within the veteran population. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development certified the city after it showed it ended chronic homelessness and that all veterans will have housing within 90 days. Houston and San Antonio were the first in Texas to receive the certificate.

This is something that is going to require continued work, and hopefully we can expand it past veterans.
Mayor Steve Adler, December 30, 2015

Mayor Steve Adler announced the feat in December, though HUD is just now recognizing it.

Since October 2014 Austin has provided housing for 682 veterans through federal programs and privately raised funds. One of the privately funded programs, Housing Heroes Fund, offers property owners grants for renting apartments below the market rate, making them affordable to veterans. 

The certification does not mean that Austin will not have homeless vets again, though. 

Instead the city has found a viable solution to provide enough housing for veterans at the moment, with future periods of homelessness more likely to be few and far between or short-lived.

Now that the community has shown how to do this on veteran homelessness, they should do the same for chronic homelessness.
Julian Castrom, HUD Secretary

The next step for Austin? End chronic homelessness across all communities.

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