When states are under the control of Democrats, you will see real change. And sometimes, that change is a historic first.
Under Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia has become the first state in the nation to completely eliminate veteran homelessness. Virginia, which signed onto the White House’s challenge to the states to end veteran homelessness, beat the deadline by almost two months.
Not only has the state of Virginia provided over 1,400 homeless veterans with housing, it has instated a security net which allows those veterans to be rehoused within 90 days should they ever become homeless again. So not only has Governor McAuliffe fixed a terrible wrong, he has sustained a solution.
Of the 7,600 homeless individuals in Virginia, 9 percent were veterans. Now Virginia sees nearly a 10 percent drop in its homeless rate and provides shelter for those who served their country.
While Virginia has become the first state to eliminate total homelessness among its veterans, Connecticut, last year, became the first state to eliminate chronic veteran homelessness (in which they have been homeless for more than a year).
Across the nation, cities have stepped up and provided housing for their veterans, including New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Syracuse, Schenectady, and Las Cruces.
I wonder which Republican on the debate stage will label this as “free stuff.” Considering Republicans do absolutely nothing for veterans, Democrats once again have to step in and clean up their mess.
For Democrats, the facts are simple: If we can afford to send our troops to war, we should be able to find the money to house them once they get back. It is unfathomable that in America a veteran who fought for their country could ever be homeless. America is better than that.
Congratulations to Virginia and all the cities that have risen to the challenge to end a stain on America’s morale.
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