Long Beach Cites Progress in Finding Homes for Homeless Veterans

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By Patrick Healy

Long Beach is on track to join the ranks of US cities that have made sufficient housing available for every veteran in need, Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday.

In four years, the number of homeless veterans in the city has been reduced from 309 to 94, as of the biennial survey conducted earlier this year. On average, housing is found for 12-15 a month, according to the city’s figures.

The challenge to provide housing for every homeless veteran by the end of 2015 had been issued last year by President Obama.

“We will end veteran homelessness in Long Beach this year,” Garcia said.

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