Governor McCrory's Initiative Tackles Veteran Homelessness
More than 80 state, federal and veteran service providers focusing on homeless veterans opened a two-day event at the McKimmon Center today to coordinate innovative actions to address homelessness among former service members. The Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp is part of Governor Pat McCrory’s initiative to end military veteran homelessness in North Carolina.
“Homelessness is often the result of many difficulties a veteran is facing,” Governor McCrory said. “The experts at this gathering will share their knowledge and experience to come up with practical, common-sense solutions that will help our veterans who have done so much to protect us.”
In June, Governor McCrory announced a statewide strategy to end veteran homelessness in the state. The North Carolina Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services initiated this first-of-its kind event in North Carolina. The departments partnered with the Rapid Results Institute to assemble teams across the state which are being tasked with meeting specific targets in a 100-day time frame.
Community teams have been formed for Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick, Wake, Durham, Orange, Rowan and Buncombe counties. An additional team will focus on less populated areas of the state. Teams are comprised of those who work directly with homeless veterans including representatives of the Veterans Administration Medical Centers, Supportive Services for Veterans and Their Families, Grant Per Diem, NCWorks, Continuum of Care, Behavioral Health, and community and faith leaders.
The Rapid Results Veteran Boot Camp event is sponsored by the Task Force for Ending Veteran Homelessness in North Carolina, a committee of the Governor’s Working Group on Veterans and Their Families. Funding for the event is provided by a grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, contact Terry Allebaugh, Ending Veteran Homelessness Coordinator, N.C. Department of Military and Veteran Affairs at 919-812-4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.