Mayor Walsh Aims to End Homelessness Among Boston’s Veterans by 2015

BOSTON, MA , 11/ 20 / 13:One of Many Homeless Veterans... a man who has been set up on Boylston and Arlington Streets for sometime now is interviewed/documented by a local media group from Boston. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photo
One of many homeless veterans: A man who had been set up on Boylston and Arlington Streets was interviewed/documented by a local media group in this Nov. 20, 2013 photo.
David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo

Mayor Marty Walsh wants to house all of Boston’s homeless veterans by the year 2015.

The “Boston Homes for the Brave” initiative seeks to house 400 homeless veterans in the city, the mayor’s office announced today.

The effort is part of the federal Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which was announced by first lady Michelle Obama on June 4. Obama called on mayors across the country to support veterans housing efforts by committing to end veteran homelesness in their cities by 2015.

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There were 57,849 homeless veterans across the US in 2013, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Today, Walsh called on business leaders and the real estate community to help in the effort to house Boston’s homeless veterans and urged them to list open units on a website for the initiative.

“One of the biggest barriers for a returning veteran is finding safe, affordable housing and securing employment,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement. “Today, I am asking Boston’s real estate community to join us in our fight to provide affordable rental units for our heroes. If you are a landlord you please list your available rental units. If you are an employer, please list a job on our new website. No one who has served our country should be homeless – and in Boston, we’re doing everything we can to ensure that they won’t be.”

The Office of Veterans Affairs, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Public Housing Authority, and the Department of Neighborhood Development along with community leaders and federal agencies are all partners in the initiative.