Ending Veteran Homelessness in Abilene
On October 23rd, 2018, the West Texas Homeless Network launched the Mayors Challenge to effectively ending veteran homelessness in Abilene. This 100-Day Challenge comes from the Rapid Results Institute, a nonprofit organization that has provided a rapid-cycle implementation process to solve critical social challenges around the globe. We in Abilene are focusing on developing a collaborative system to meet the needs of veterans experiencing homelessness. As of June 2018, it was recorded that 15 veterans were experiencing homelessness. Within 5 short months, that number was cut in half due to the efforts of WTHN and our community. Housing our most vulnerable veteran neighbors is a crucial first step to effectively ending all homelessness in the Big Country. Our goal in the next 100 days is to make homelessness among veterans in Abilene something that is rare, brief, and nonrecurring.