National League of Cities to Speak at Dallas Forum Focused on Ending Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Jan 28, 2014, 15:53 ET from National League of Cities

DALLAS, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking on the effort to end chronic veteran homelessness in cities nationwide, National League of Cities' Elisha Harig-Blaine, principal associate, Housing (Veterans and Special Needs) will join Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins and others at the Veterans Housing Landlord Forum in Dallas. The forum is an opportunity for all stakeholders – including landlords, local elected leaders, the City of Dallas, the faith community, non-profits and federal partners – to work together to end chronic veteran homelessness in the city.


Dallas is striving to join Phoenix and Salt Lake City in providing access to stable and permanent housing to every single one of the city's homeless veterans. The city is actively working with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and numerous other community members in solving the homelessness problem. Assistance is provided through the HUD-VASH program, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the VA. In 2012, there were 409 homeless veterans living on Dallas streets and shelters. While that number is lower than the estimated 555 homeless veterans in 2011, there is still work ahead to get to zero.

WHO:  Elisha Harig-Blaine, principal associate, Housing (Veterans and Special Needs); Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins; others.

WHEN: January 30, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Dallas Public Library's Main Branch Auditorium at 1515 Young St. Dallas, Texas 75201

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Elisha Harig-Blaine, NLC's policy expert for Housing (Veterans and Special Needs), will be available for media requests in Dallas January 30 and by phone before and after the event. 

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

SOURCE National League of Cities