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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015



Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the brave, committed service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Gone, but not forgotten, their selfless service ensures our continued freedom and safety. And as we pay tribute to the fallen, we must also recognize that one of the ways we honor their service is through our support for their comrades who return home.

We have made great strides: supporting veteran entrepreneurship, connecting veterans to employment and training, and reducing veteran unemployment rates. But there is still more to be done to fulfill our obligation to the proud men and women who serve our country. Given that obligation, nothing should disturb us more than the continued high rate of homelessness amongst former service members.

On any given night, 100 veterans are homeless and an estimated 280 veterans will experience homelessness in Delaware over the course of 2015. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to find homes for all homeless veterans in Delaware by the end of this year.

Announced earlier this month, our plan will identify veterans who are currently homeless or at a high risk of homelessness. We’ll improve coordination between services designed for veterans and other homelessness prevention efforts, while maximizing the support available. And we’ll create 20 rental assistance vouchers dedicated to veterans. With collaboration between federal, state and local partners and the community, we will reach our goal to end homelessness among veterans in Delaware, taking another step toward ensuring our veterans have every opportunity to live full, healthy lives in our state. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Ending Veteran Homelessness in Delaware

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015



Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the brave, committed service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Gone, but not forgotten, their selfless service ensures our continued freedom and safety. And as we pay tribute to the fallen, we must also recognize that one of the ways we honor their service is through our support for their comrades who return home.

We have made great strides: supporting veteran entrepreneurship, connecting veterans to employment and training, and reducing veteran unemployment rates. But there is still more to be done to fulfill our obligation to the proud men and women who serve our country. Given that obligation, nothing should disturb us more than the continued high rate of homelessness amongst former service members.

On any given night, 100 veterans are homeless and an estimated 280 veterans will experience homelessness in Delaware over the course of 2015. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to find homes for all homeless veterans in Delaware by the end of this year.

Announced earlier this month, our plan will identify veterans who are currently homeless or at a high risk of homelessness. We’ll improve coordination between services designed for veterans and other homelessness prevention efforts, while maximizing the support available. And we’ll create 20 rental assistance vouchers dedicated to veterans. With collaboration between federal, state and local partners and the community, we will reach our goal to end homelessness among veterans in Delaware, taking another step toward ensuring our veterans have every opportunity to live full, healthy lives in our state. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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