Abilene is the First City in Texas to House All its Homeless Veterans
Abilene, Texas is the first city in Texas to house all its homeless veterans. KTXS 12 News reports that the city has accomplished the goal Abilene mayor Anthony Williams announced last October to find homes for all veterans without permanent housing.
Last year, Williams challenged the city to find housing for all of Abilene's homeless veterans, which once totaled five percent of the city's homeless population.
During the 100 days of this challenge, our local housing and service providers redoubled their efforts to house as many veterans as possible in order to make veteran homelessness in Abilene something that is rare, brief, and nonrecurring," the West Texas Homeless Network told KTXS 12 News.
The city is continuing to work to help the remaining homeless population find housing.
Abilene is the ninth city in the country to end veteran homelessness. The city is part of Built For Zero, a movement of over 70 communities working to find housing for the homeless.
CNN reports that each day in the U.S., 40,000 veterans face homelessness.