Zero: 2016 - Forsyth County One of 69 National Communities Selected!

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County was one of 69 communities selected nationally to participate in Community Solutions Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years.   These communities will work to meet the federal goals set by President Obama to end veteran homelessness by Dec. 2015 and chronic homelessness by Dec. 2016.  Communities were selected for this based in part upon their success in addressing veteran and chronic homelessness.

On Veteran’s Day November 11, Mayor Allen Joines from Winston-Salem and Mayor Vaughan from Greensboro (also selected as a Zero: 2016 community) announced a partnership to end veteran homelessness.  “No one who has served our country as our veterans have should have to live on our streets,” Joines said, “and by working together, we look forward to the day when that will no longer be the case.” 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County has seen over a 50% decline in chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness has been reduced from 15% of the homeless population to 8%.  One reason for the successful drop in veteran homelessness is due to the SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) grant from the VA.  United Way of Forsyth County, in partnership with Goodwill and Salvation Army, have applied for and received this grant for the last four years.  The grant allows us to help homeless (or nearly homeless) veterans and veteran families in seven counties—Forsyth, Guilford, Stokes, Surry, Davie, Davidson, and Yadkin.  Please visit triadwelcomevetshome.org for more information.

United Way is proud to be a part of such a great community effort!


Related Links:

Community Solutions Announces Selection of 67 Communities to Participate in Zero: 2016
Triad Cities Partner to End Veteran Homelessness
Winston-Salem, Greensboro join forces to end homelessness for veterans
Local Communities Selected For National Effort To End Homelessness

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