From Mayor Mark Holland:
The Kansas City metro region has effectively ended veterans homelessness!
For that we owe a huge thanks this Thanksgiving week to the many agencies that have worked hard to achieve this significant milestone.
I had the pleasure of gathering today [November 20, 2017] with the Greater Coalition to End Homelessness as it celebrated their accomplishment. Nearly three years ago, I joined KCMO Mayor Sly James and Independence Mayor Eileen Weir to challenge our communities to end veterans homelessness. More than 60 agencies responded by breaking down their silos and creating a coordinated system to provide permanent housing to our veterans. The results are astounding: to date, 664 veterans experiencing homelessness have found permanent housing since 2015.
Of course, our work to end homelessness will not stop here. We still face daunting challenges housing our children and people with mental illness. As proud as I am that Kansas City, Kansas, has experienced a 40 percent reduction in the number of children in USD 500 who are homeless, we still must push to bring that number down to zero. Every child deserves a permanent home, and I am confident we can house these children if we follow the same coordinated approach as we did with our veterans.
As we move forward with this important task, I believe it helps to keep in mind these words etched on President Franklin Roosevelt’s monument in Washington, D.C.. They are words that every elected official would be wise to follow: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
Peace to all during this Thanksgiving week.